Summary: While the process of childbirth is, in some sense, everywhere the same, it is also everywhere different in that each culture has produced a birthing system that is strikingly dissimilar from the others. Based on her fieldwork in the United States, Sweden, Holland, and Yucatan, Jordan develops a framework for the discussion and investigation of different birthing systems. Illustrated with useful examples and lively anecdotes from Jordan's own fieldwork, the Fourth Edi
tion of this innovative comparative ethnography brings the reader to a deeper understanding of childbirth as a culturally grounded, biosocially mediated, and interactionally achieved event.
Summary: While the process of childbirth is, in some sense, everywhere the same, it is also everywhere different in that each culture has produced a birthing system that is strikingly dissimilar from the others. Based on her fieldwork in the United States, Sweden, Holland, and Yucatan, Jordan develops a framework for the discussion and investigation of different birthing systems. Illustrated with useful examples and lively anecdotes from Jordan's own fieldwork, the Fourth Edition of this innovative comparative ethnography brings the reader to a deeper understanding of childbirth as a culturally grounded, biosocially mediated, and interactionally achieved event. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:4TH 93 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Waveland Press, Inc. Published: 11/18/1992 International: No
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Foreword 1993 (Robbie Davis-Floyd) Preface to the Fourth Edition 1993 Preface to the Third Edition 1983
Part I. CHILDBIRTH IN BIOSOCIAL, CROSSCULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
1. A Biosocial Framework for the Crosscultural Comparison of Childbirth Practices 2. Buscando La Forma--An Ethnography of Contemporary Maya Childbirth in Yucatan 3. The Crosscultural Comparison of Birthing Systems 4. Fieldwork in Four Cultures: Methods and Experience 5. Birthing Systems and Change
Part II. AUTHORITATIVE KNOWLEDGE IN CHILDBIRTH
6. The Achievement of Authoritative Knowledge in an American Hospital Birth 7. Modes of Teaching and Learning: Pedagogy and the Construction of Authoritative Knowledge 8. Cosmopolitical Obstetrics: Technology and the Social Distribution of Authoritative Knowledge
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