Social Movements, Frame Analysis, Midwifery, Homebirth, home birth, collective action frames
This thesis illuminates the experiences, motives, and framing process of a cohort of homebirthing women in Tucson, Arizona who embody the collective action frames of the national homebirth movement. A model of birth frame construction, alignment and adoption is presented that expands current theory on social movement framing processes, cognitive liberation, and life politics in health and self-help related movements. The study explores the evolution of homebirth midwifery nationally and locally. It articulates the main collective action frames that argue against standard maternity care and presents the alternatives proffered by the homebirth movement. It presents micro-level experiences of movement pioneers, macro-articulations of movement leaders, respondent's micro-level birth model framing processes; and how "life politics" have changed birth culture in America. Written materials augmented data obtained from in-depth interviews with (n=38) respondents who homebirthed in Tucson between 1970 and 2000. Content analysis was utilized and grounded theory was employed.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Pfaffl, Nasima, "Catching Satisfaction: Personal And Political Framing In The Homebirth Movement" (2006). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 821.