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CHILDBIRTH MANAGEMENT AND MEDICAL MONOPOLY: Midwifery as (almost) a Profession

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  • Barbara Katz Rothman PhD

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      Associate Professor of Sociology, Baruch College CUNY, 17 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010.
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    • Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology at Baruch College of the City University of New York, is author of In Labor: Women and Power in the Birthplace (1982, W. W. Norton). In Labor is also available in paperback, under the title Giving Birth: Alternatives in Childbirth (1983, Penguin Books).


Associate Professor of Sociology, Baruch College CUNY, 17 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010.

ABSTRACT

A profession, as defined by sociologists, is an occupation that has ultimate control over its work. Professional control extends over not only subordinate workers, but clients as well. Most fundamentally, professions control the development of the body of knowledge on which their practice is based. This paper explores the implications of this politically based definition of profession for midwifery.

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