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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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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.305) Conclusion
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Birth as an American Rite of Passage
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Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229327.003.0011

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on childbirth in the U.S. It shows that the pregnancy/childbirth process has been culturally transformed into a male-dominated initiatory rite of passage through which birth women are taught about the superiority and necessity of the relationship between science, technology, patriarchy, and institutions. It contends that the salvation of society which seeks to deny women their power as birth-givers will arise from the women who, nevertheless, give that society birth.

Keywords:   childbirth, U.S., pregnancy/childbirth process, rite of passage, society, technology, patriarchy

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