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Health, Illness and Normality through the Life Course
Health, Illness and Normality through the Life Course
Background: woman’s soul as prison of her body

This chapter continues the discussion, found in Chapters 3, 6 and 7 particularly, on the intersections of the age and gender regime, focusing on where the underlying tensions give rise to bodily problematizations and disorders. Ellen Annandale (2009) suggests that indeed the effect of the complexity of the new gender order has been to introduce a new pattern of health inequalities in which old issues remain interwoven with newer ones. The effect of mixing young women’s educational success with the constraints the latter experience in the work place or at home, the complex requirements to balance autonomy and a re-sexualized femininity, all ...

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