Birthing Fathers: The Transformation of Men in American Rites of Birth / Edition 1

Birthing Fathers: The Transformation of Men in American Rites of Birth / Edition 1

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by Richard K. Reed
     
 

Finding one day that he had become one himself, Reed (anthropology, Trinity U.) synthesizes what social scientists have said over the past decade about the new kind of fathers, who take an intimate part in the birth, care, and raising of their children. He traces the transformation of men's role from smoking and pacing in the waiting room, to taking birthing classes… See more details below

Overview

Finding one day that he had become one himself, Reed (anthropology, Trinity U.) synthesizes what social scientists have said over the past decade about the new kind of fathers, who take an intimate part in the birth, care, and raising of their children. He traces the transformation of men's role from smoking and pacing in the waiting room, to taking birthing classes and helping with delivery, and explores its impact on men and society. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813535173
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Richard K. Reed is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University in Texas. His work explores birthing in American hospitals as ritual, specifically the process by which men make the passage to fatherhood. This is part of his larger interest in masculinity as an ever –changing cultural construction. Reed’s interest in the topic grows not just out of our life experience as the father of two children, but from his work among the Guaraní of Paraguay and the sympathetic birth ritual performed by all Guaraní men who become fathers.

Table of Contents

1American fathers and hospital childbirth1
2Couvade in society and history32
3Standing vigil : fathers in the waiting room, 1920-197076
4Birthing revolution : men to the barricades104
5Birthing classes : training men to birth135
6Men's experience of birth161
7Fathers, birth, and society211

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