Gender And The Social Construction Of Illness / Edition 2

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Judith Lorber and Lisa Jean Moore consider the interface between the social institutions of gender and Western medicine in this brief, lively textbook. They offer a distinct feminist viewpoint to analyze issues of power and politics concerning physical illness. SIGNS labeled the first edition 'a rich and imaginative work.' In the extensively revised second edition of this successful text, the authors add chapters on disability and genital surgeries. They also update and expand their discussions of social epidemiology, AIDS, the health professions, PMS, menopause, and feminist health care. For a creative, feminist-oriented alternative to traditional texts on medical sociology, medical anthropology, and the history of medicine, this is an ideal choice.

"...explores the interaction between gender and western medicine, offering a feminist perspective to the issues brought into view...discussess old age, social pressures, and gender politics."

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Lorber (emerita, sociology and women's studies, City U. of New York) and Moore (sociology, City U. of New York) bring a feminist perspective to the study of medical sociology. They argue that gender, in conjunction with other social identities, elicits different responses in health care personnel; affects the social worth of patients; and influences priorities of treatment, research, and financing. They concentrate on problems that are located in the body, such as infections, AIDS, or nonfunctioning limbs or senses; and physical processes, such as menstruation and menopause, that in Western society have been transformed into illnesses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Reconfigures familiar concepts in medical sociology to explore how gender, race, class, ethnicity, and culture influence both the experience of symptoms of physical illnesses, and the treatment of the symptoms by the medical establishment. Also offers a gender-informed analysis of the knowledge base and underlying assumptions about illness, and the way questions are asked and research priorities are set. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759102385
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Gender Lens Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,289,319
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Lorber is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women's Studies at the Graduate School and Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY). Lisa Jean Moore is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the Graduate School and the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Gender and the Social Construction of Illness: Overview Chapter 2: Women Get Sicker, but Men Die Quicker: Social Epidemiology Chapter 3: Hierarchies in Health Care: Patients, Professionals, and Gender Chapter 4: Gender and Disability: Contradictions and Status Dilemmas Chapter 5: If a Situation is Defined as Real: Premenstrual Syndrome and Menopause Chapter 6: Genital Surgeries: Gendering Bodies Chapter 7: A Modern Plague: Gender and Aids Chapter 8: Healing Social Bodies in Social Worlds: Feminist Healthcare

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