A Sociology of Health offers an authoritative and up-to-date introduction to the key issues, perspectives, and debates within the field of medical sociology. The book aids readers’ understanding of how sociological approaches are crucial to understanding the impact that health and illness have on the behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and practices, of an increasingly health-aware population.

The ‘Feminisation’ of Health

The ‘Feminisation’ of Health

The ‘feminisation’ of health
EllieLee and ElizabethFrayn
  • The past 20 years have seen the emergence of a new discourse of health, at the centre of which is the idea that ‘prevention is better than cure’.
  • Contemporary health concerns are often ‘gendered’. The emergence of campaigns about ‘men's health’ is a notable development of recent years.
  • There is a striking contrast between feminist constructions of the problem of women's health in the 1970s, and the contemporary problem of gender and health.
  • In the context of the new discourse of health, ‘masculinity’ has come to be defined as a barrier to health. ‘Feminine’ attitudes such as a willingness to consider oneself vulnerable and ‘at risk’, and to seek help have, in turn, been validated ...
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