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Childbirth Within the Risk Society

Scamell, M. (2014). Childbirth Within the Risk Society. Sociology Compass, 8(7), pp. 917-928. doi: 10.1111/soc4.12077


Despite the fact that the speciality of obstetrics is considered to be a high risk area, indeed it is estimated that in the UK, maternity services account for massive 60% of all the NHS litigation claims burden; scholarly activity in childbirth performance as part of the risk society is relatively underdeveloped when compared to other areas of health. It is the extent of the influence of risk upon the maternity services that makes this underdevelopment especially striking. In an effort to present childbirth as a worthwhile site for empirical investigation and theoretical discussion, this paper attempts to review the sociology of childbirth and to consolidate some of the multidisciplinary contributions made to date on childbirth within the risk society.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Scamell, M. (2014), Childbirth Within the Risk Society. Sociology Compass, 8: 917–928. , which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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