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.
About 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.
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