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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine. Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues.

Gender and Health
Gender and health

This chapter addresses the influence of gender on health from both social science and public health perspectives. The major organizing theme is the interplay of the cultural patterning of gender and the biomedical outcomes that result. Gender influences life-cycle roles and choices, notably reproduction, but it also influences less obvious phenomena such as aging and survival. Rather than an exhaustive listing of the available data, the chapter utilizes case studies, both international and domestic, to illustrate many of the ways that gender influences health. An important caveat is that cross culturally and within individual cultures, tremendous variation is the norm.

Approaches to the Study of Gender and Health

Gender studies have proliferated enormously in the past decade, but this wealth of published ...

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