Revisioning Women, Health and Healing: Feminist, Cultural, and Technoscience Perspectives

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Adele Clarke, Virginia L. Olesen
Psychology Press, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 374 pages
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Contributors pursue new approaches to women's health through direct examination of theoretical interventions, strategies for destabilizing taken-for-granted research methods, and modes of (re)constructing experiences through searching the self and multiple selves--individually and collectively. Several authors confront the novel kinds of surveillance, commodification and stratification engendered by new world reproductive orders. Discursive constructions of "good" and "bad" mothers by race and class in the "American national family" are detailed. Other contributors disrupt traditional agendas for women's health in areas such as health reform, lesbian health and midlife. Throughout, enhanced recognition of differences and complexities of women's knowledges, bodies, experiences and desires undergirds the project of revisioning. The editors' theoretical introduction and conclusion provide historical and material contexts which locate revisioning and emphasize fluidities in recasting women's health in the millennium. Editor

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Adele E. Clarke is Associate Professor of Sociology and History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She is author of Disciplining Reproduction: American Life Scientists and the "Problem of Sex" (1998) and co-edited Women's Health: Complexities and Differences (1997) with Virginia L. Olesen and Sheryl Ruzek. Virginia L. Olesen is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco.

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