Women And Health

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Overview

this comprehensive volume provides a broad sample of contemporary British feminist work on women and health. It spans the disciplines of psychology, sociology, social policy, social anthropology and economics, and demonstrates the development of feminist theorizing and activism in these areas over the past decade. Topics include: global and national politics of women's health; the 'psychologization' of health: sexuality and AIDS; body image and pregnancy; reproductive technology; substance abuse; breast cancer; and the long-term health problems of women. Calling for a greater understanding of women and health, the contributors acknowledge the gender-based inequities of women's experiences and address the need for social and political change in order to improve the health and health care of women across the lifespan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748401482
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/23/1994
  • Series: Gender and Society Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Feminist Perspectives on Women and Health 1
Ch. 1 All in Her Mind! Stereotypic Views and the Psychologisation of Women's Illness 7
Ch. 2 Young Women and Safer (Hetero)Sex: Context, Constraints and Strategies 13
Ch. 3 'I'm Not Fat, I'm Pregnant': The Impact of Pregnancy on Fat Women's Body Image 33
Ch. 4 Reproductive Health and Reproductive Technology 49
Ch. 5 Waged Work and Well-being 65
Ch. 6 What Can She Depend On? Substance Use and Women's Health 85
Ch. 7 Surviving by Smoking 102
Ch. 8 Towards a Feminist Approach to Breast Cancer 124
Ch. 9 A 'Cure for All Ills'? Constructions of the Menopause and the Chequered Fortunes of Hormone Replacement Therapy 141
Ch. 10 Widows' Weeds and Women's Needs: The Refeminisation of Death, Dying and Bereavement 166
Ch. 11 Feminist Reflections on the General Medical Council: Recreation and Retention of Male Power 181
Notes on Contributors 203
Index 205
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