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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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How the Messages Are Received

How the Messages Are Received

The Spectrum of Response

(p.187) Chapter 5 How the Messages Are Received
Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

University of California Press

This chapter presents the result of an in depth investigation into the responses of individual women to their socialization through birth rituals. The findings indicate that the single factor that most influences how a woman responds to her socialization process is the degree of correspondence between the technocratic model dominant in the hospital and the belief system she holds when she enters the hospital. This chapter explains that when the belief system is upheld the birth experience will be perceived as positive and joyful but when it is overthrown the experience will be perceived as negative and traumatic.

Keywords:   birth rituals, socialization, women, technocratic model, belief system, hospital birth

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