The Politics of Women's Health: Exploring Agency and Autonomy

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For four years this interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners, including physicians, lawyers, philosophers, and social scientists, collaborated closely on te development of these essays. The result is an examination of both the real world of women's health status and health care delivery in different countries, and the assumptions behind the dominant medical model of solving problems without regard to social conditions. The writing is also informed by some of the authors' own experiences with women's health issues: birth, menopause, major surgery, and providing care for mothers and grandmothers. Rather than focusing on types of medical interventions, The Politics of Women's Health asks what feminist health care ethics looks like if we start with women's experiences and concerns. It begins to unravel two key concepts of women's empowerment -- agency and autonomy -- that apply to all areas of concern to women.
 

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This is an excellent, insightful book written by American and Canadian women whose fields are medicine, law, philosophy, social science, genetics, and history and who write from a feminist perspective ... Read full review

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Contents

A Relational Approach to Autonomy in Health Care
19
Situating Women in the Politics of Health
48
Geneticization Versus Health
64
Women Health
83
Women and Their
122
The Case
150
Anomalous Women and Political Strategies for Aging
178
Refashioning Medicines Response to Wife Abuse
205
Reframing Research Involving Humans
234
References
261
About the Authors
305
Index
315
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About the author (1998)

Susan Sherwin is Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, Dalhousie University.

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