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Research in the Sociology of Organizations

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Subject Area: Organization Studies

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“Birthing” versus “being delivered”: Of bodies, ideologies, and institutions


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Title:“Birthing” versus “being delivered”: Of bodies, ideologies, and institutions
Author(s):Elke Weik
Volume:27 Editor(s): Renate E. Meyer, Kerstin Sahlin, Marc J. Ventresca, Peter Walgenbach ISBN: 978-1-84855-866-3 eISBN: 978-1-84855-867-0
Citation:Elke Weik (2009), “Birthing” versus “being delivered”: Of bodies, ideologies, and institutions, in Renate E. Meyer, Kerstin Sahlin, Marc J. Ventresca, Peter Walgenbach (ed.) Institutions and Ideology (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 27), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.171-201
DOI:10.1108/S0733-558X(2009)0000027008 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:This chapter at hand applies and extends Friedland and Alford's model of institutional logics to the case of birth practises focusing on a number of interrelated topics, namely, identity, trust, and ideology. It draws on Giddens's theory of modernity to “bring society back in,” as Friedland and Alford have formulated one major point of critique against existing institutional approaches. In its theoretical discussion, the chapter will focus on two issues: first, the treatment of conflict as a motor of institutional dynamics, and second, the relation between institutions and agency. The empirical data is based on participant observation, qualitative interviews with midwives and obstetricians, and a review of magazines and television material concerning birth and parenting.

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