Women's Health in Canada: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Policy

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Marina Morrow, Olena Hankivsky, Colleen Varcoe
University of Toronto Press, May 3, 2008 - Social Science - 432 pages

In recent years, healthcare professionals have recognized the distinctly different healthcare needs and concerns of men and women. Women's health, in particular, has come into its own in the last two decades. In Canada, however, there has been little available in the way of a general text on women's health. This volume works toward filling that gap by providing a resource for teaching and understanding women's health in this country.

To lay out the methodological and theoretical foundations for their study, editors Olena Hankivisky, Marina Morrow, and Colleen Varcoe bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners from economics, anthropology, sociology, nursing, political studies, women's studies, and psychology. Contributors draw on the rich history of the Canadian women's health movement, providing analysis of that history and of the emergent theory, policy, and practice. Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students as well as practitioners, the collection adopts an intersectional approach, looking closely at social factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender identity, and analysing how they relate both to each other and to women's health. Connections between the social, economic, and cultural contexts of women's lives and their physical, spiritual, and mental well-being are a primary focus.

Providing a much needed resource for teachers, students, and practitioners of women's health in Canada, this comprehensive volume makes an important contribution to the literature.


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Beyond Gender Matters
PART ONELocating Ourselves
Reflections on the Womens Health Movement in Canada
Overhauling Lifespan Approaches to Womens Health
PART TWOTheory and Methods
Bridging Trends and Debates
4 PostcolonialFeminist Theoretical Perspectives and Womens Health
10 Negotiating Sexualities in Womens Health Care
11 Mothering and Womens Health
PART FOURKey Issues in Womens Health
12 Women Drug Regulation and MaternalState Conflicts1
Creating WomenCentred Mental Health Policy
Women and HIVAIDS
Lived Experience and Feminist Action
A Comparison of the Dangers of Hormone Replacement Therapies in Profit versus National Health Care Delivery Systems

The Need to Rethink Outdated Strategies
Transforming Economic Evaluations
PART THREEThe Social Determinants of Health
7 Womens Health and the Politics of Poverty and Exclusion
8 Womens Health at the Intersection of Gender and the Experience of International Migration
From Being Stigmatized to Doing Disability
A Persistent Divide
Violence Against Women
Historical Developments and Contemporary Challenges1
Home Care in Ontario

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Marina Morrow is a professor and Chair of the School of Health Policy and Management at York University.

Olena Hankivksy is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.

Colleen Varcoe is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia.

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