What Makes Women Sick: Gender and the Political Economy of Health

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Jun 19, 1995 - Political science - 292 pages
Lesley Doyal draws on a wide range of disciplines to highlight the limitations of medical models in understanding global patterns of health and disease in women. Examining in detail the impact of sexuality, fertility control, reproduction, domestic labour and waged work on women's well-being, she shows how gender divisions in economic and social life affect their experiences of illness, disability and mortality. A concluding chapter illustrates the multiplicity of ways in which women around the world are challenging the threats to their health.
 

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Contents

Hazards of Hearth and Home
27
Depression nervios or just plain bad news?
42
To each according to her needs?
49
Conclusion
56
Mad with desire
62
Dying for sex
73
The unkindest cut
87
Regulating Reproduction
93
Further reading
151
adding insult to injury
164
Conclusion
174
alcohol
180
A smoking epidemic
188
Conclusion
195
Womens Movements for Health
197
Bibliography
234

A Labour of Love
125
a life sentence?
145

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