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Anthropology for Midwives (Audio Tape)|
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Teachers: Robbie Davis-Floyd, Ph.D. |
Content: Robbie briefly touches on the roots of racism and explores her motivation for becoming a feminist anthropologist. She emphasizes tolerance and the importance of learning the language of the focal group. "Mechanical language yields mechanical results in birth." Highlights:
*Folklore is a mechanism for dividing reality into categories.
*The American birth experience is a metaphor for the American way of life.
*Women knowing and trusting themselves can influence a paradigm shift in the culture.
*She explores "ritual" as a value system, MANA as an emergent structure and the ACNM as a hierarchical system. She talks about the study of intuition, evolution as a linear process, and the rationalizations for exploitation of the masses.
*She explores the origins of sexual behavior based on other primate behavior. She gives very interesting examples of this as well as females' roles in food gathering and their overall value to the group.
*The most fundamental human tool was not the spear but the woman's carrying sack for child and food, dispelling many myths of evolution and male aggression.
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