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Women's Health, Politics, and Power
Essays on Sex/Gender, Medicine, and Public Health

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ISBN 9780895031204
Published June 15, 1994 by Routledge
382 Pages

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Book Description

This collection of essays addresses the broadening array of issues on the agenda of the women's health movements of the 1980s and 1990s, just as a previous collection, "Women and Health: The Politics of Sex in Medicine", gathered contributions from the earlier wave of the women's health movement in the 1970s. The papers in both volumes are selected from the "International Journal of Health Services", edited by Vicente Navarro. The essays in this volume were originally published in the 1980s and early 1990s. Together, they present a framework for understanding the struggles over women's health that have occurred in this time period, and provide specific analyses of women's health in relation to race/ethnicity and class, the work of health care, the health of women workers, international reproductive health, sexuality, AIDS, and public health policy.

Table of Contents


SECTION I: WOMEN AND HEALTH: FRAMEWORKS Man-Made Medicine and Women's Health: The Biopolitics of Sex/Gender and Race/Ethnicity Nancy Krieger and Elizabeth Fee

Latina and African American Women: Continuing Disparities in Health Marsha Lillie-Blanton, Rose Marie Martinez, Andrea Kidd Taylor, and Betty Garman Robinson

Women, Health, and the Sexual Division of Labor: A Case Study of the Women's Health Movement in Britain Lesley Doyal

SECTION II: WOMEN AND THE WORK OF HEALTH CARE Gender Hierarchies in the Health Labor Force Irene H. Butter, Eugenia S. Carpenter, Bonnie J. Kay, and Ruth S. Simmons

Community Care Policies and Gender Justice Suzanne E. England, Sharon M. Keigher, Baila Miller, and Nathan L. Linsk

SECTION III: THE HEALTH OF WOMEN WORKERS Double Exposure: The Combined Impact of the Home and Work Environments on Psychosomatic Strain in Swedish Women and Men Ellen M. Hall

The Interactive Effect of Health Status on Work Patterns among Urban Puerto Rican Women Ruth E. Zambrana and Marsha Hurst

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice: Health Effects of the Sexual Division of Labor among Train Cleaners Karen Messing, Ghislaine Doniol-Shaw, and Chantal Haëntjens

SECTION IV: WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: ASIA, AFRICA, AND LATIN AMERICA The Untold Story: How the Health Care Systems in Developing Countries Contribute to Maternal Mortality T.K. Sundari

Abortion Policy and Women's Health in Developing Countries Ruth Dixon-Mueller

SECTION V: SEXUALITY, WOMEN'S BODIES, AND WOMEN'S HEALTH Medical Metaphors of Women's Bodies: Menstruation and Menopause Emily Martin

A Critical Historical Analysis of the Medical Construction of Lesbianism Patricia E. Stevens and Joanne M. Hall

SECTION VI: WOMEN AND AIDS More than Mothers and Whores: Redefining the AIDS Prevention Needs of Women Kathryn Carovano

Women and AIDS in Zimbabwe: The Making of an Epidemic Mary T. Bassett and Marvellous Mhloyi

SECTION VII: GENDER, SOCIAL POLICY, AND WOMEN'S LIVES The Feminization of Poverty: Myth or Reality? Martha E. Gimenez

Women and Children at Risk: A Feminist Perspective on Child Abuse Evan Stark and Anne H. Flitcraft

Older Women in the Post-Reagan Era Terry Arendell and Carroll L. Estes


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