Women's Global Health: Norms and State Policies

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Lyn Boyd-Judson, Patrick James
Lexington Books, Dec 26, 2013 - Political Science - 182 pages
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For many women around the globe, health has become the central intersection of the personal and the political; women's bodies are the arena for policy debates about population, poverty, reproduction, and morality. Women's Global Health: Norms and State Policies is a comprehensive assessment of health for women around the globe that will inform debates underway in a wide range of disciplines. These fields include public health, most obviously, but also sociology, anthropology and other disciplines. This book will advance the interdisciplinary fields of ethics, women’s studies, and international studies. It answers several questions with implications for knowledge in the preceding fields, along with relevance to policy. Some of these complex questions include: How do the laws and policies of a nation-state affect women's health? Is the state invested in these issues because women are seen to be bearers and nurturers of future citizens? Or are there other concerns such as economic development, human welfare, or religious ideology that shape this engagement? This book also examines the current and historical responsibilities of the state in addressing women’s health issues, and how these responsibilities can they be measured and improved upon. Finally, the book looks at how to best approach the underlying ethical issues in practical and useful ways for women around the globe.
 

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Contents

1 Womens Global Health Norms and State Policies
1
2 Closing the Gender Gap in Global Health
13
3 Social Norms and Policies on Prostitution and Trafficking
41
4 Morality Legality and Health
55
5 US International Family Planning Policy and Domestic Divisions
75
6 The Ethics of State Policies Restricting Access to Infant Formula and their Impact on Womens and Childrens Health
91
7 Ethics and Global Health Promotion
113
8 Beyond ReproductionA New Shift in Womens Health in Modern Sri Lanka?
129
9 What Have We Learned?
151
Index
161
About the Contributors
169
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Lyn Boyd-Judson is director of the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Southern California.

Patrick James is Dornsife Dean’s Professor of International Relations and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California.

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