Women's Health and Social Change

Author: Ellen Annandale

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134655525

Category: Medical

Page: 192

View: 1404

"Traditional distinctions between the experiences of women and men are breaking down and being reconfigured in new, more complex ways. The long-established life expectancy gap between men and women appears to be closing in many affluent societies. Many men appear to be far more 'body and health conscious' than they ever were in the past and there are perceptible changes in women's 'health behaviours', such as increases in cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption.
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Women's Health and Social Work

Feminist Perspectives

Author: Miriam Meltzer Olson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781560246831

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 182

View: 9197

Various authors discuss issues such as breast cancer, menopause, substance abuse treatments, depression, women's health care centers, African American women and AIDS and other women's health issues.
Posted in Health & Fitness

One-eyed Science

Occupational Health and Women Workers

Author: Karen Messing

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566395984

Category: Medical

Page: 244

View: 4125

After decades of research by the author and her colleagues into what women do in positions such as bank teller, secretary, waitress, nurse, factory worker, and poultry processor, Karen Messing is astonished to find that for many policymakers, researchers, and activists, the topic of women's occupational health doesn't exist. Messing investigates different types of occupational health issues for women, notably the controversial topics of male/female differences in jobs, health, and basic biology. The pain and suffering of women workers is illustrated in vivid case studies of research into health risks for women in the workplace, including musculoskeletal disease, the hazards of office work, emotional stress, and reproductive hazards. No longer can employers, administrators, and health professionals ignore the very real problems women encounter in their jobs. Throughout the book, Messing captures the everyday reality of workplace tasks and stresses-from lifting boxes to juggling mental tasks under pressure to the emotional labor of caring for upset or abusive people- by combining on-site observing with listening to the workers' descriptions of their work lives. Responding to the tough question, why are scientists so unresponsive to the needs of women workers, Messing describes long-standing difficulties in gaining attention for the occupational health of women, ranging from the structure of the grant process and the conferences crucial to the professional life of researchers to the basic assumptions of scientific practice. Messing laments the separation of even most feminist health researchers from workplace concerns and asserts that it is time to develop a science that can prevent women workers' pain and suffering. Author note:Karen Messingis Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Quebec at Montreal, and former Director of the Center for CINBIOSE.
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Able-bodied Womanhood

Personal Health and Social Change in Nineteenth-century Boston

Author: Martha H. Verbrugge

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195051246

Category: Medical

Page: 297

View: 4511

Against the backdrop of national debate about female duties and well-being, this book follows middle-class women as they learned about physiology and hygiene through popular health literature, voluntary clubs, and schools in Boston. The pursuit of health also enabled the women to explore the nature of womanhood, and discover the meanings.
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African American Women's Health and Social Issues

Author: Catherine Fisher Collins

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275980825

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 218

View: 2703

Spotlights major health issues facing African American women and the social ills that affect their longevity.
Posted in Health & Fitness

Women's Agency and Social Change

Assam and Beyond

Author: Meeta Deka

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 8132116542

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 5725

Women’s Agency and Social Change: Assam and Beyond focuses on varied oppression, power relations and ideologies embedded in the complex yet interdependent social, political, economic and legal structures, and women’s subordination therein. British intervention, 1826–1947, by itself did not impact the agency aspect on women directly, but the emergence of new forces and factors sowed the seeds of women’s agency to impact social change, even if minimal. In the post-Independence period, British colonial legacy perpetuated the subordination of women through caste and class hierarchy at several levels, but an undercurrent of a feminist struggle persisted, not merely as a movement but also at individual levels. The book is written with the hope of encouraging future research on women’s experiences in the Northeastern region of India, and elsewhere; hence, a discussion on sources, methods and methodology is included in the conclusion. This book is based on the belief that knowledge production is, in itself, the praxis against oppressive structures and the need to understand the historical processes that slowly transformed women to become catalysts of social transformation.
Posted in Social Science

Leading the Way

Young Women's Activism for Social Change

Author: Mary K. Trigg

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813546850

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 235

View: 4967

Leading the Way is a collection of personal essays written by twenty-one young, hopeful American women who describe their work, activism, leadership, and efforts to change the world. It responds to critical portrayals of this generation of "twenty-somethings" as being disengaged and apathetic about politics, social problems, and civic causes. Bringing together graduates of a women's leadership certificate program at Rutgers University's Institute for Women's Leadership, these essays provide a contrasting picture to assumptions about the current death of feminism, the rise of selfishness and individualism, and the disaffected Millennium Generation. Reflecting on a critical juncture in their livesùthe years during college and the beginning of careers or graduate studiesùthe contributors' voices demonstrate the ways that diverse, young, educated women in the United States are embodying and formulating new models of leadership, at the same time as they are finding their own professional paths, ways of being, and places in the world. They reflect on controversial issues such as gay marriage, gender, racial profiling, war, immigration, poverty, urban education, and health care reform in a post-9/11 era. Leading the Way introduces readers to young women who are being prepared and empowered to assume leadership roles with men in all public arenas, and to accept equal responsibility for making positive social change in the twenty-first century.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Gender, Health and Healthcare

Women’s and Men’s Experience of Health and Working in Healthcare Roles

Author: Dr Jacqueline H Watts

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409468380

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 432

Health status and the experience of working in health care roles are both strongly shaped by gender and, although there have been attempts to incorporate ‘gender awareness’ in both health and employment policies, the significance of gender in these areas continues to be marginalised within public debates and academic discourses. Taking a social constructionist perspective, Watts considers the ways in which gender impacts upon health in all its elements including access, technology, professionalisation, health promotion and health as an important sector of the labour market. She discusses gender as a developing and diversified category, exploring ideas about masculinity and the fluidity of gender boundaries in determining individual identity. Chapters that follow discuss men’s and women’s health; ideology of gender and health, specifically exploring different social norms and ideas about male and female health and the dominant ideological association between femaleness and caring; working for health with particular focus on the gendered interplay of caring and curing roles; technology and changes to gender, health and healthcare; health promotion as a gendered activity and, finally, the importance of introducing an intersectional approach beyond gender to articulate a deeper understanding of health in a postmodern context. The concluding chapter draws together these themes to underscore the importance of placing gender at the centre of health and health care delivery to fully take account of both the different life and health experiences of men and women and the gendered dimensions of working in health care.
Posted in Social Science

Women's Health and Social Work

Feminist Perspectives

Author: Miriam Meltzer Olson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781560246831

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 182

View: 1975

Various authors discuss issues such as breast cancer, menopause, substance abuse treatments, depression, women's health care centers, African American women and AIDS and other women's health issues.
Posted in Health & Fitness

Public Health and Social Justice

Author: Martin Donohoe

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118236769

Category: Medical

Page: 656

View: 9725

Praise for Public Health and Social Justice "This compilation unifies ostensibly distant corners of our broad discipline under the common pursuit of health as an achievable, non-negotiable human right. It goes beyond analysis to impassioned suggestions for moving closer to the vision of health equity." —Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Kolokotrones University Professor and chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; co-founder, Partners In Health "This superb book is the best work yet concerning the relationships between public health and social justice." —Howard Waitzkin, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico "This book gives public health professionals, researchers and advocates the essential knowledge they need to capture the energy that social justice brings to our enterprise." —Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College "The breadth of topics selected provides a strong overview of social justice in medicine and public health for readers new to the topic." —William Wiist, DHSc, MPH, MS, senior scientist and head, Office of Health and Society Studies, Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute, Northern Arizona University "This book is a tremendous contribution to the literature of social justice and public health." —Catherine Thomasson, MD, executive director, Physicians for Social Responsibility "This book will serve as an essential reference for students, teachers and practitioners in the health and human services who are committed to social responsibility." —Shafik Dharamsi, PhD, faculty of medicine, University of British Columbia
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Women and Health

Author: Marlene B. Goldman,Rebecca Troisi,Kathryn M. Rexrode

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0123849799

Category: Medical

Page: 1632

View: 2747

Women and Health is a comprehensive reference that addresses health issues affecting women of all ages — from adolescence through maturity. It goes far beyond other books on this topic, which concentrate only on reproductive health, and has a truly international perspective. It covers key issues ranging from osteoporosis to breast cancer and other cancers, domestic violence, sexually transmitted diseases, occupational hazards, eating disorders, heart disease and other chronic illnesses, substance abuse, and societal and behavioral influences on health. In this second edition of Women and Health, chapters thoughtfully explore the current state of women’s health and health care, including the influences of sex and gender on the occurrence of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. All chapters have been extensively updated and emphasize the epidemiology of the condition — the etiology, occurrence, primary and secondary prevention (screening), risk factors, surveillance, changing trends over time, and critical analysis of the diagnostic and treatment options and controversies. Treatment sections in each chapter have been expanded to create a stronger dialogue between epidemiologists and women's health practitioners. Saves researchers and clinicians time in quickly accessing the very latest details on a broad range of women’s health issues, as opposed to searching through thousands of journal articles Provides a common language for epidemiologists, public health practitioners, and women’s health specialists to discuss the behavioral, cultural, and biological determinants of women’s health Researchers and medical specialists will learn how the gender-specific risks and features of one organ system’s diseases affect the health of other organ systems For example: Hormone replacement therapy used to treat imbalance within the endocrine system is also being used to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease; Drugs developed for type 2 diabetes are now being used in chemoprevention Orients the non-gerontologist about the importance of considering the entire life cycle of women within research designs and treatment plans Professors teaching courses in women’s health will use slides and additional materials to structure lectures/courses; students will use slides as a unique resource to study for exams
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The Oxford Handbook of U. S. Women's Social Movement Activism

Author: Holly J. McCammon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190204206

Category: Political Science

Page: 784

View: 6927

Over the course of thirty-seven chapters, including an editorial introduction, this handbook provides a comprehensive examination of scholarly research and knowledge on a variety of aspects of women's collective activism in the United States, tracing both continuities and critical changes over time. Women have played pivotal and far-reaching roles in bringing about significant societal change, and women activists come from an array of different demographics, backgrounds and perspectives, including those that are radical, liberal, and conservative. The chapters in the handbook consider women's activism in the interest of women themselves as well as actions done on behalf of other social groups. The volume is organized into five sections. The first looks at U.S. Women's Social Activism over time, from the women's suffrage movement to the ERA, radical feminism, third-wave feminism, intersectional feminism and global feminism. Part two looks at issues that mobilize women, including workplace discrimination, reproductive rights, health, gender identity and sexuality, violence against women, welfare and employment, globalization, immigration and anti-feminist and pro-life causes. Part three looks at strategies, including movement emergence and resource mobilization, consciousness raising, and traditional and social media. Part four explores targets and tactics, including legislative forums, electoral politics, legal activism, the marketplace, the military, and religious and educational institutions. Finally, part five looks at women's participation within other movements, including the civil rights movement, the environmental movement, labor unions, LGBTQ movement, Latino activism, conservative groups, and the white supremacist movement.
Posted in Political Science

The Health of Men and Women

Author: Sarah Payne

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745634532

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 6485

This comprehensive text looks in detail at important patterns in men and women's health. It takes account of the ways in which sex and gender interact, both with each other and with other forms of difference, such as race, ethnicity and socio-economic disadvantage. In addition to drawing on data and debates from the USA, the UK and other industrialized nations, it examines health in developing countries, giving the book a strong international and comparative focus. As well as discussing a range of health-related behaviours, such as diet, exercise, alcohol, smoking and drug use, the book explores in depth topics such as mental health, morbidity and reproduction. The Health of Men and Women is written particularly with the needs, interests and abilities of upper-level undergraduate students in mind. It will be of particular interest to those studying the sociology of health and illness, and will also be highly relevant to courses on gender, race and ethnicity, and a range of other key sociological issues.
Posted in Social Science

Women's Health

Complexities and Differences

Author: Sheryl Burt Ruzek,Virginia L. Olesen,Adele Clarke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 689

View: 8877

In a challenge to purely biomedical definitions of women's health, this text draws attention to social, cultural, and behavioural elements. The concept of women's health has undergone a transformation over the past two decades. From an assumption of basic commonalities among women (based on the shared characteristics of the female anatomy and of diseases prevalent amongst women), the focus has shifted to the differences among women that affect their health and medical treatment.
Posted in Health & Fitness

Women, Violence and Social Change

Author: R. Emerson Dobash,Russell P. Dobash

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113495946X

Category: Medical

Page: 384

View: 7267

Women, Violence and Social Change demonstrates how refuges and shelters stand as the core of the battered women's movement, providing a basis for pragmatic support, political action and radical renewal. From this base movements in Britain and the United States have challenged the police, courts and social services to provide greater assistance to women. The book provides important evidence on the way social movements can successfully challenge institutions of the State as well as salutatory lessons on the nature of diverted and thwarted struggle. Throughout the book the Dobashes' years of researching violence against women is illustrated in the depth of their analysis. They maintain the tradition established in their first book, Violence Against Wives, which was widely accalimed.
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Women's Activism and Social Change

Rochester, New York, 1822-1872

Author: Nancy A. Hewitt

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739102978

Category: Social Science

Page: 283

View: 4868

This study challenges the popular belief that the lives of antebellum women focused on their role in the private sphere of the family. Examining reform movements in 19th century Rochester, New York, Nancy Hewitt distinguishes three networks of women's activism.
Posted in Social Science

Unsafe Abortion and Women's Health

Change and Liberalization

Author: Professor Colin Francome

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472427610

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 8629

Each year an estimated 21 million abortions occur causing around 47,000 deaths, virtually all in the developing countries. Bringing together a wealth of information from around the world, this book argues that the time has come for a second great change in legislation, advocating a shift towards the legalisation of abortion to improve the health of women in poorer countries. With attention to circumstances in each of the major continental regions, an outline of the global situation is provided to reveal the major trends in the provision and procurement of abortion, as well their effects.
Posted in Social Science

Women's Health Movements

A Global Force for Change

Author: M. Turshen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230607128

Category: Social Science

Page: 259

View: 2811

This is an introduction to the women's health movement and what is being accomplished by these women organizing to achieve better health care around the world.
Posted in Social Science

Contemporary Topics in Women's Mental Health

Global perspectives in a changing society

Author: Prabha S. Chandra,Helen Herrman,Jane E. Fisher,Dr Marianne Kastrup,Dr Unaiza Niaz,Dr Marta Rondon,Dr Ahmed Okasha

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470746721

Category: Medical

Page: 593

View: 9402

Contemporary Topics in Women’s Mental Health: Global Perspectives in a Changing Society considers both the mental health and psychiatric disorders of women in relation to global social change. The book addresses the current themes in psychiatric disorders among women: reproduction and mental health, service delivery and ethics, impact of violence, disasters and migration, women’s mental health promotion and social policy, and concludes each section with a commentary discussing important themes emerging from each chapter. Psychiatrists, sociologists and students of women’s studies will all benefit from this textbook. With a Foreword by Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London; Chair, Commission on Social Determinants of Health
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Women's Health Research

Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise

Author: Institute of Medicine,Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice,Committee on Women's Health Research

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309163378

Category: Medical

Page: 438

View: 4988

Even though slightly over half of the U.S. population is female, medical research historically has neglected the health needs of women. However, over the past two decades, there have been major changes in government support of women's health research--in policies, regulations, and the organization of research efforts. To assess the impact of these changes, Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ask the IOM to examine what has been learned from that research and how well it has been put into practice as well as communicated to both providers and women. Women's Health Research finds that women's health research has contributed to significant progress over the past 20 years in lessening the burden of disease and reducing deaths from some conditions, while other conditions have seen only moderate change or even little or no change. Gaps remain, both in research areas and in the application of results to benefit women in general and across multiple population groups. Given the many and significant roles women play in our society, maintaining support for women's health research and enhancing its impact are not only in the interest of women, they are in the interest of us all.
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