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Description - Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge by Robbie Davis-Floyd

This collection of cross-cultural essays on reproduction and childbirth extends the work of Brigitte Jordan, who helped generate and define the field of the anthropology of birth. The authors' focus on authoritative knowledge - the knowledge that counts, on the basis of which decisions are made and actions taken - highlights the vast differences between birthing systems that give authority of knowing to women and their communities and those that invest it in experts and machines. The text presents first-hand ethnographic research conducted by anthropologists in 16 different societies and cultures and includes interdisciplinary perspectives of a social psychologist, a sociologist, an epidemiologist, a staff member of the World Health Organization, and a community midwife.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520207851
ISBN-10: 0520207858
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Pages: 505
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 18-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robbie Davis-Floyd

Robbie Davis-Floyd, Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas, is author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (California, 1992) and co-editor of Cyborg Babies: From Techno-Sex to Techno-Tots (1997). Carolyn F. Sargent, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Women's Studies at Southern Methodist University, is author of Maternity, Medicine, and Power: Reproductive Decisions in Urban Benin (California, 1989) and coeditor of Medical Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Method (1996).

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