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Birth as an American Rite of Passage$
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Robbie Davis-Floyd

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229327

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229327.001.0001

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—Or Birth as the Biodance?

—Or Birth as the Biodance?

(p.292) Chapter 9 —Or Birth as the Biodance?
Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

University of California Press

This chapter investigates several aspects of individual and social resistance to the trends toward the technocratization of childbirth in the U.S. It considers other potential directions in American birthways, including the cultural significance of the systems-based wholistic model of birth. It expresses optimism about the expansion of the technocratic model into a systems-based paradigm that both emphasizes organic interconnectedness and makes practical use of models of mechanicity and separateness.

Keywords:   childbirth, technocratization, U.S., social resistance, wholistic model, cultural significance, mechanicity, separateness

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