Gender and the Social Construction of Illness / Edition 2

Gender and the Social Construction of Illness / Edition 2

by Judith Lorber, Lisa Jean Moore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0759102376

ISBN-13: 9780759102378

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: AltaMira Press

In this volume Judith Lorber explores the interaction between gender as a social institution on one hand and Western medicine as a social institution on the other. Focusing on illnesses considered to be physical, Lorber brings a feminist viewpoint to analyze issues of power and politics, which have pervaded the study of both gender and medicine in recent times. Gender…  See more details below

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In this volume Judith Lorber explores the interaction between gender as a social institution on one hand and Western medicine as a social institution on the other. Focusing on illnesses considered to be physical, Lorber brings a feminist viewpoint to analyze issues of power and politics, which have pervaded the study of both gender and medicine in recent times. Gender and the Social Construction of Illness is an ideal supplemental reading for a number of courses, including but by no means limited to medical sociology, medical anthropology, and the history of medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759102378
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Gender Lens Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Foreword
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Gender and the Social Construction of Illness: Overview1
Sex Differences and Gender Statuses
The Social Construction of Illness
The Social Context
Ch. 2Women Get Sicker, but Men Die Quicker: Social Epidemiology13
Birthing and Getting Born: Have Money or Be a Boy
Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Good and Bad Social Pressures
Adulthood: Health by Choice or by Circumstances?
Work and Family: Protection and Danger
Old Age: Women Live Longer but Not Better
Dying: Gendered Death Dips
Ch. 3Hierarchies in Health Care: Patients, Professionals, and Gender37
Hierarchies of Heath Care Providers
Nurses: Doctor's Handmaidens or Partners?
Gender and Physicians' Practice Styles
Are Women Doctors Better for Women Patients?
Can Women Doctors Change Health Care?
Ch. 4Gender and Disability: Contradictions and Status Dilemmas53
Gender Contradictions in Disability
Gendered Caregiving
Gender and Altruism
A Man but Not a Man, a Woman but Not a Woman
Toward a Continuum of Bodiedness
Ch. 5If a Situation Is Defined as Real: Premenstrual Syndrome and Menopause71
Medicalized Menstruation
Cultural Constructions of Menstruation
Ritual Menstruation
Emotional Menstruation
PMS: Hormonal Hurricane or High Energy State?
Menopause: The End of Womanhood or the Beginning of a Valued Status?
Politics of PMS and Menopause
Transforming Diagnoses Back into Women's Troubles
Ch. 6Genital Surgeries: Gendering Bodies93
Female Ritual Genital Surgery
Male Ritual and Medical Genital Surgery
Genital Surgery on Intersexuals
Politics of Genital Surgery
Ch. 7A Modern Plague: Gender and AIDS109
AIDS by the Numbers
Social Paths of Transmission
Safer Sex
The Gender Politics of Risk and Prevention
Mother-to-Child Transmission
Living with AIDS
"AIDS Is Everyone's Trojan Horse"
Ch. 8Healing Social Bodies in Social Worlds: Feminist Health Care137
Social Contingencies of Health Care Delivery
Women's and Men's Health Movements
Participatory Medical Encounters
Being a Patient
Making Changes
References151
Index177
About the Authors185

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