American Circumcision Practices and Social Reality

By Shelly Tenenbaum, Jay Y. Brodbar-Nemzer, Peter Conrad

Sociology and Social Research, July 1987

This study, based on a survey of 133 families, demonstrates that despite medical proclamations disputing the necessity of circumcisions, the vast majority of Americans still opt for circumcising their newborn sons. The study finds that there are strong social purposes for circumcision that go beyond its debatable medical necessity. The study notes that among those who choose not to circumcise their sons, the overwhelming majority cite the procedure as being medical unnecessary. Further research finds that there is a certain amount of cultural ambivalence concerning circumcision.

Topic: Ritual, Survey, Health and Healing, Research

Name of Publication: Sociology and Social Research

Volume/Issue: Vol.71/no.4

Page Number(s): 275-279

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Tenenbaum, Shelly. Brodbar-Nemzer, Jay Y. Conrad, Peter. American Circumcision Practices and Social Reality. Sociology and Social Research. Sociology and Social Research. July 1987: 275-279.


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