The Rituals of American Hospital Birth-Click Here!

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Robbie E. Davis-Floyd PhD Please note–Various iterations of this article have been published as follows: 1991 “Ritual in the Hospital: Giving Birth the American Way” in Anthropology: Contemporary Perspectives, 6th edition, pp. 275-285. Whitten and Hunter, Boston: Little, Brown and Co. 1994 “The Rituals of American Hospital Birth” in Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural [...]

The Technocratic, Humanistic, and Holistic Paradigms of Childbirth-Click Here!

Nov - 07 2011

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The Technocratic, Humanistic, and Holistic Paradigms of Childbirth by Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD This article appears in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Vol 75,Supplement No. 1, pp. S5-S23, November 2001.   Abstract: This article describes three paradigms of health care that heavily influence contemporary childbirth, most particularly in the West, but increasingly around the [...]

BIRTH AND THE BIG BAD WOLF: AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE-Click Here!

Nov - 07 2011

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BIRTH AND THE BIG BAD WOLF: AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE[i] Robbie Davis-Floyd and Melissa Cheyney This chapter appears in Childbirth across Cultures: Ideas and Practices of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Postpartum , edited by Helaine Selin and Pamela K. Stone, Springer 2009, pp. 1-22. Once upon a time, there were six little pigs who set out [...]

WAYS OF KNOWING: OPEN AND CLOSED SYSTEMS-Click Here!

Oct - 10 2011

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WAYS OF KNOWING: OPEN AND CLOSED SYSTEMS   Robbie Davis-Floyd This article was published in Midwifery Today 69 (Spring): 9-13, 2004. Copyright is held both by Midwifery Today and by Robbie Davis-Floyd. Both give permission for the replication of this article for educational purposes.             This special issue of Midwifery Today focuses on midwifery knowledge. [...]

Home Birth Emergencies in the U.S. and Mexico:-Click Here!

Sep - 11 2011

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Home Birth Emergencies in theU.S.andMexico: The Trouble with Transport   Robbie Davis-Floyd Ph.D.   This article appears in a special issue of Social Science and Medicine, called Reproduction Gone Awry, edited by Marcia Inhorn and Gwynne Jenkins, Vol. 56, No. 9, 2003, pp. 1913-1931.   Abstract: Proponents of the global Safe Motherhood Initiative stress that [...]

Home Birth Emergencies in the United States: The Trouble with Transport-Click Here!

Sep - 11 2011

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Home Birth Emergencies in the United States: The Trouble with Transport Robbie E. Davis-Floyd This article appears as Chapter 22 in Unhealthy Health Policy: A Critical Anthropological Examination, eds. Arachu Castro and Merrill Singer.AltamiraPress, pp. 329-350, 2004.             As proponents of the global Safe Motherhood Initiative have long stressed, in both the developing world where [...]

ORAL HISTORIES FROM THE PIONEERS OF AMERICA’S SPACE PROGRAM-Click Here!

Sep - 11 2011

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SPACE STORIES: ORAL HISTORIES FROM THE PIONEERS OF AMERICA‘S SPACE PROGRAM   An Oral History Project conducted in conjunction with the Houston Chapter of the AIAA and Honeywell Corporation   Interviewers:   Dr. Robbie Davis-Floyd, Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin Dr. Kenneth J. Cox, NASA Johnson Space Center   Interviewees: [...]

The Technocratic Body: American Childbirth as Cultural Expression-Click Here!

Sep - 11 2011

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The Technocratic Body: American Childbirth as Cultural Expression This article appeared in Social Science and Medicine 38(8):1125-1140, 1994 Abstract The dominant mythology of a culture is often displayed in the rituals with which it surrounds birth. In contemporary Western society, that mythology–the mythology of the technocracy–is enacted through obstetrical procedures, the rituals of hospital birth. [...]

The Rituals of American Hospital Birth-Click Here!

Sep - 11 2011

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The Rituals of American Hospital Birth This article appears in Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology, 8th ed., David McCurdy, ed., HarperCollins, New York, 1994, pp. 323-340. Permission is hereby granted by the author and copyright holder, Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, to reproduce this article for educational purposes. Why is childbirth, which should be such [...]

THE TECHNOCRATIC MODEL OF BIRTH-Click Here!

Sep - 11 2011

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THE TECHNOCRATIC MODEL OF BIRTH Robbie E. Davis-Floyd This chapter appeared in Feminist Theory in the Study of Folklore, eds. Susan Tower Hollis, Linda Pershing, and M. Jane Young, U. of Illinois Press, pp. 297-326, 1993.   “But is the hospital necessary at all?” demanded a young woman of her obstetrician friend. “Why not bring [...]