Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Birth as an American Rite of Passage$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 25 July 2021

The Technocratic Model

The Technocratic Model

Past and Present

(p.44) CHAPTER 2The Technocratic Model
Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the so-called technocratic model of birth, a paradigm that provides the rationale for the medical conduct of the rite of passage for the mother. It suggests that this model, with its blanket categorization of the female body as an inherently defective machine, reflects on and perpetuates the profound cultural belief in the innate inferiority of women to the men. It also contends that rituals of the initiatory rites of passage convey symbolic messages that speak of a culture's most deeply held values and beliefs and considers medicine as a microcosm of American society.

Keywords:   technocratic model, birth, rite of passage, female body, defective machine, symbolic messages, American society

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.