Judith Lorber and Lisa Jean Moore consider the interface between the social institutions of gender and Western medicine in this brief, lively textbook. They offer a distinct feminist viewpoint to analyze issues of power and politics concerning physical illness. SIGNS labeled the first edition 'a rich and imaginative work.' In the extensively revised second edition of this successful text, the authors add chapters on disability and genital surgeries. They also update and expand their discussions of social epidemiology, AIDS, the health professions, PMS, menopause, and feminist health care. For a creative, feminist-oriented alternative to traditional texts on medical sociology, medical anthropology, and the history of medicine, this is an ideal choice.
Machine generated contents note: CHAPTER 1 -- Gender and the Social Construction of Illness: Overview -- Sex Differences and Gender Statuses -- The Social Construction of Illness -- The Social Context -- Overview of the Book -- CHAPTER 2 -- Women Get Sicker, but Men Die Quicker: Social Epidemiology -- Birthing and Getting Born: Have Money or Be a Boy -- Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Good and Bad Social Pressures -- Adulthood: Health by Choice or by Circumstances? -- Work and Family: Protection and Danger -- Old Age: Women Live Longer but Not Better -- Dying: Gendered Death Dips -- Summary -- CHAPTER 3 -- Hierarchies in Health Care: -- Patients, Professionals, and Gender -- Hierarchies of Heath Care Providers -- Nurses: Doctor's Handmaidens or Partners? -- Gender and Physicians' Practice Styles -- Are Women Doctors Better for -- Women Patients? -- Can Women Doctors Change Health Care? -- Summary -- CHAPTER 4 -- Gender and Disability: -- Contradictions and Status Dilemmas -- Gender Contradictions in Disability -- Gendered Caregiving -- Gender and Altruism -- A Man but Not a Man, -- a Woman but Not a Woman -- Toward a Continuum of Bodiedness -- Summary -- CHAPTER 5 -- If a Situation Is Defined as Real: -- Premenstrual Syndrome and Menopause -- Medicalized Menstruation -- Cultural Constructions of Menstruation -- Ritual Menstruation -- Emotional Menstruation -- PMS: Hormonal Hurricane or -- High Energy State? -- Menopause: The End of Womanhood or -- the Beginning of a Valued Status? -- Politics of PMS and Menopause -- Transforming Diagnoses Back -- into Women's Troubles -- Summary -- CHAPTER 6 -- Genital Surgeries: Gendering Bodies -- Female Ritual Genital Surgery -- Male Ritual and Medical Genital Surgery -- Genital Surgery on Intersexuals -- Politics of Genital Surgery -- Summary -- CHAPTER 7 -- A Modern Plague: Gender and AIDS -- AIDS by the Numbers -- Social Paths of Transmission -- Safer Sex -- The Gender Politics of Risk and Prevention -- Mother-to-Child Tra.
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st April 2013
Publisher: University Press of America
Edition Number: 2