This participant observer study chronicles the stories of a group of poor Canadian women, their experience with exclusion by health and social service providers, and their involvement in a feminist action research project.
"[Reid] raises questions about feminist action research ideals and challenges feminist researchers to be more forthright about their accountability regarding what is published about conducting research and what is actually done in practice. She cites academic feminist researchers as promoting collective action toward social justice but finds these ideals incongruent with what happens in the real world..[Her] critisicm challenges FAR and PR researchers to begin looking again at the match between ideal and reality as methods in feminist research evolve. " -Nancy Hogan, Loyola University Chicago
"Reid persuasively demonstrates that the experience of exclusion, characteristic of relative poverty, is as critical a health issue as lack of material resources and negative health behaviours. [She] blends the theories of health promotion with feminist and social justice theories [and] critiques and builds on the dominant discourses of health and individual responsibility to demonstrate how these discourses are both taken up and resisted by the women she came to know. This work persuasively demonstrates how health is a social justice issue, investiages the complexities of examining women's health from an interdisciplinary perspective, and illuminates important policy implications." -Allison Tom, University of British Columbia