Books By Robbie

Books By Robbie

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2016

With Charles D. Laughlin. The Power of Ritual.Brisbane, Australia: Daily Grail Press,forthcoming
This book describes and analyzes what ritual is—its primary characteristics–and how it works in the world and in human brains.
2016

Surviving the Death of Your Ex: Managing the Grief No One Talks About. Co-edited by Robyn Hass and Robbie Davis-Floyd. Praeclarus Press.

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2009
Perspectivas antropologicas del parto y nacimiento humano. Buenos Aires: FundacionCreavida.
A collection of my articles, translated into Spanish.

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2009
Birth Models That Work. Robbie Davis-Floyd, Leslie Barclay, Betty-Anne Daviss, and Jan Tritten, eds.Berkeley: University of California Press.
This groundbreaking book takes us around the world in search of birth models that work in order to improve the standard of care for mothers and families everywhere. The contributors describe examples of maternity services from both developing countries and wealthy industrialized democracies that apply the latest scientific evidence to support and facilitate normal, physiological birth; deal appropriately with complications; and generate excellent birth outcomes–including psychological satisfaction for the mother. Each chapter describes how one model was created and examines both the struggles and triumphs faced by those who have implemented it. These models include large-scale systems found in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ontario, and Samoa as well as smaller scale models-including hospitals, birth centers, and home birth practices in the UK, Australia, Japan, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and the Philippines. The book concludes with a description of the paradigm that underlies all these working models–known internationally as the midwifery model of care.

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2006
Mainstreaming Midwives: The Politics of Change. Robbie Davis-Floyd and Christine Barbara, eds. Johnson. New York: Routledge.
This collection describes and analyzes the development of direct-entry midwifery in the US by both nurse- and direct-entry midwives. It contains case studies of midwives’ political and legislative efforts in 7 states, and analyzes key issues in contemporary American midwifery, including renegade midwives, transport from home to hospital, and the tensions between midwifery as a social movement and a professionalization project.
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2004

Reconceiving Midwives: The New Canadian Model of Care. Ivy Bourgeault, Cecilia Benoit, and Robbie Davis-Floyd eds. Toronto: McGill-Queens University Press.
A thorough overview of the new midwifery in Canada, with chapters written both by social scientists and by midwives.

2004
Birth as an American Rite of Passage. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Reissued in a 2nd edition with a lengthy new Preface by the author–an update and analysis of the contemporary state of American birth and the ongoing relevance of the book.

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2001
Daughters of Time: The Shifting Identities of Contemporary Midwives. Robbie Davis-Floyd, SheilaCosminsky, and Stacy L. Pigg, eds. Special triple issue, Medical Anthropology, Volume 20, Nos. 2-3 and 4.
Presents ethnography on midwives in 3 industrialized and 5 developing countries, through the analytical lens of Davis-Floyd’s concept of the “postmodern midwife”–one who takes a relativistic stance toward disparate knowledge systems.
1998
Cyborg Babies: From Techno-Sex to Techno-Tots. Robbie Davis-Floyd and Joseph Dumit,eds. New York: Routledge.
Tracks the production of children in symbiosis with pervasive technology across a wide range of perspectives, from resistance to ethnographic analysis to science fiction. Chosen by the Village Voice as one of its “25 Favorites of the Year” for 1998, and selected Book of the Month for November 1999 by the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies.
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1997
Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Robbie Davis-Floyd and Carolyn Sargent, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Presents ethnography on childbirth in 16 cultures through the analytical lens of Brigitte Jordan’s concept of authoritative knowledge—the knowledge that counts in a given situation. This book received the award for “Most Enduring Edited Collection” from the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction, 2004.
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1996
The Social Production of Authoritative Knowledge in Pregnancy and Childbirth, a special issue of the Medical Anthropology Quarterly 10(2), June 1996. Robbie Davis-Floyd and Carolyn Sargent, eds.
Seven of the eight articles in this special issue also appear in the book listed immediately above.
Introduction to the Special Issue
1993
Revised, expanded, and updated Brigitte Jordan’s Birth in Four Cultures (Eden Press, 1978) and wrote the Foreword. Prospect Heights, Ohio: Waveland Press.
This revised edition was translated into Japanese and published in Tokyo in 2001 by the Japanese Nursing Association Publishing Company Ltd.
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1992
Birth as an American Rite of Passage.Berkeley: University of California Press.
Based on interviews with 100 women, this book identifies obstetrical procedures as rituals, and analyzes the American medical system as a microcosm of our society which seeks through these rituals to socialize birthing women into the collective core value system of the technocracy. (Chapter 3, entitled “Birth Messages,” is available at www.davis-floyd.com.).
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