The past decade has witnessed a significant increase in the construction of health as a security issue by national governments and multilateral organizations. This book provides the first critical, feminist analysis of the flesh-and-blood impacts of the securitization of health on different bodies, while broadening the scope of what we understand as global health security.
It looks at how feminist perspectives on health and security can lead to different questions about health and in/security, problematizing some of the ‘common sense’ assumptions that underlie much of the discourse in this area. It considers the norms, ideologies, and vested interests that frame specific ‘threats’ to health and policy responses, while exposing how the current governance of the global economy shapes new threats to health. Some chapters focus on conflict, war and complex emergencies, while others move from a ‘high political’ focus to the domain of subtler and often insidious structural violence, illuminating the impacts of hegemonic masculinities and the neoliberal governance of the global economy on health and life chances.
Highlighting the critical intersections across health, gender and security, this book is an important contribution to scholarship on health and security, global health, public health and gender studies.
Table of Contents
1. Global Health, Gender, and the Security Question – Colleen O’Manique and Pieter Fourie 2. The Invisible Tragedy of War. Women and the Environment – H. Patricia Hynes3. Survivors of Conflict and Post-Conflict Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Torture in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. A Holistic Model of Care – Helen Liebling4. Securing Health in Afghanistan. Gender, Militarized Humanitarianism, and the Legacies of Occupation – Vanessa Farr5. A Moving Target. Gender, Health and the Securitisation of Migration – Sarah Pugh6. The Global Movement for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Intellectual Underpinnings – Adrienne Germain 7. Solving Nandi. the Personal Embodiment of Structural Injustice in South Africa’s Child Support Grant – Tessa Hochfeld8. Responses to Recent Infectious Disease Emergencies. A Critical Gender Analysis – Colleen O’Manique9. The Invisible Men. HIV, Security, and Men who have Sex with Women – Simon 10. Labouring Bodies in the Global Economy. Structural Violence and Occupational Health -- Teresa Healy11. Public Health in the Anthropocene. Exploring Population Fears and Climate Threats – Jade Sasser12. Bewitched or Deranged. Access to Health Care for Transgender Persons – Chloe Schwenke 13. Development as Violence. Corporeal Needs, Embodied Life, and the Sustainable Development Goals – Colleen O’Manique and Pieter Fourie
Colleen O’Manique teaches at Trent University, Canada. Her research has focused on feminist political economy and rights-based perspectives on health and health policies in the context of neoliberal globalization.
Pieter Fourie teaches at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His research focuses on HIV/AIDS, global health governance, political epidemiology and the political economy of global development.