The Politics of Women's Health: Exploring Agency and Autonomy / Edition 1

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This is an excellent, insightful book written by American and Canadian women whose fields are medicine, law, philosophy, social science, genetics, and history and who write from a feminist perspective. Their discussions, not limited geographically to North America, include African and Japanese data; their themes are those of autonomy and agency and the prevalent trend in modern healthcare of concentrating on the patient while ignoring his or her economic and social milieu. Chapters include analyses of women in the healthcare system and their autonomy or lack thereof, women and aging, wife abuse, and human research guidelines. The text is well written and engaging. Recommended for all university libraries and large public libraries with research collections.--Sharon Firestone, Arizona State Univ. Lib., Tempe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566396332
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 321
  • Sales rank: 1,118,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 A Relational Approach to Autonomy in Health Care 19
3 Situating Women in the Politics of Health 48
4 The Politics of Health: Geneticization Versus Health Promotion 64
5 Contested Bodies, Contested Knowledges: Women, Health, and the Politics of Medicalization 83
6 Agency, Diversity, and Constraints: Women and Their Physicians, Canada, 1850-1950 122
7 Reflections the Transfer of "Progress": The Case of Reproduction 150
8 Anomalous Women and Political Strategies for Aging Societies 178
9 (Re)fashioning Medicine's Response to Wife Abuse 205
10 Reframing Research Involving Humans 234
References 261
About the Authors 305
Index 315
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