Rural Women's Health by Beverly LeipertRural Women's Health by Beverly Leipert

Rural Women's Health

byBeverly Leipert, Belinda Leach, Wilfreda Thurston

Paperback | September 17, 2012

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The well-being of rural communities affects the well-being of those who reside in towns and cities because of rural-urban connections through food, drinking water, infectious disease, extreme environmental events, recreation, and for many, retirement residence. In rural areas themselves, women play a critical role in the health of their families and communities, yet women's health is often marginalized or ignored. There have been limited studies to date about rural women and health in Canada. Filling an important gap in scholarship, this collection identifies priority issues that must be addressed to ensure these women's well-being and offers innovative theoretical and methodological ideas for improvement.

Rural Women's Health integrates perspectives from rural practitioners, residents, and scholars in a variety of fields, including nursing, sociology, anthropology, and geography, to tackle issues relevant to diverse settings across the country. As such, it presents a national perspective on the nature of women's health while respecting internal and regional diversity, as well as viewpoints from international scholarship.

Beverly D. Leipert is an associate professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at the University of Western Ontario. Belinda Leach is a professor and associate dean (research) in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. Wilfreda E. Thurston is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine...
Title:Rural Women's HealthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 8.97 × 6 × 1.22 inPublished:September 17, 2012Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Connecting Rural Women's Health Across Time, Locales, and Disciplines
Beverly Leipert (University of Western Ontario), Wilfreda Thurston (University of Calgary) and Belinda Leach (University of Guelph)

Part I Research, Policy, and Action

1. Looking Back and Forging Ahead: Rural Women's Health Research and Policy in Canada
Rebecca Sutherns and Margaret Haworth-Brockman (Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence)

2. Rural Women's Research and Action on the Prairies
Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Rachel Rapaport Beck (Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence), Joanne Havelock, Harpa Isfeld (Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence), Noreen Johns, Diane Martz (University of Saskatchewan), Lynn Scruby (University of Manitoba), and Jayne Whyte

3. Closing the Gap: Rural Women's Organizations and Rural Women's Health in Canada
Beverly D. Leipert, Tamara Landry (University of Western Ontario) and Belinda Leach

4. Health Issues of Women in Rural United States: An Overview
Angeline Bushy

Part II Health and Environment

5. Farm Work in Ontario and Breast Cancer Risk
James T. Brophy (University of Windsor), Margaret M. Keith (University of Windsor), Andrew Watterson (University of Stirling), Michael Gilbertson and Matthias Beck (University of York)

6. An Exploration of Canadian Farmwomen's Food Provisioning Practices
Lynn McIntyre (University of Calgary) and Krista Rondeau (University of Calgary)

7. The Multiple Dimensions of Health: Weaving Together Food Sustainability and Farm Women's Health
Wendee Kubik (University of Regina) and Amber Fletcher (University of Regina)

8. Outside Assumptions. Research with the Old Order Mennonite Women in Ontario: An Exploratory Study
Eva M. Dabrowska (University of Alberta) and Susan K. Wismer (University of Waterloo)

Part III Gender-Based Violence

9. Living with their Bodies: Three Generations of Rural Newfoundland and Labrador Women
Marilyn Porter (Memorial University) and Natalie Beausoleil (Memorial University)

10. Intimate Partner Violence: Understanding and Responding to the Unique Needs of Women in Rural and Northern Communities
Karen G. Dyck (University of Manitoba), Kelly L. Stickle (University of Northern British Columbia ) and Cindy L. Hardy (University of Northern British Columbia)

11. There's a Nightmare in the Closet! Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Major Health Issue for Women Living in Remote Aboriginal Communities
Beverly Illauq

12. Rural Women's Strategies for Seeking Mental Health and Housing Services
Phyllis Montgomery, Cheryl Forchuk (University of Western Ontario), Carolyne Gorlick (King's University College at The University of Western Ontario) and Rick Csiernik (King's University College at The University of Western Ontario)

Part IV Population Health, Health Promotion, and Public Health

13. Being a Good Woman: The Gendered Impacts of Restructuring in Rural Alberta
Barbara Heather (Grant MacEwan University), D. Lynn Skillen, Jennifer Young and Theresa Vladicka (Government of Alberta, Advanced Education and Technology)

14. Gender Politics and Rural Women: Barriers to and Strategies for Enhancing Resiliency
Nikki Gerrard (University of Saskatchewan) and Alanah Woodland (University of Calgary)

15. Defining Health: Perspectives of African Canadian Women Living in Remote and Rural Nova Scotia Communities
Josephine B. Etowa (University of Ottawa), Wanda Thomas Bernard (Dalhousie University), Barbara Clow (Dalhousie University) and Juliana Wiens

16. The Quality of Life of Elderly Ukrainian Women in Rural Saskatchewan, Canada
Nuelle Novik (University of Regina)

17. The Health of Pregnant Women in the Northwest Territories
Pertice M. Moffitt (Dalhousie University)

18. Rural Women, Leisure, Rural Identity and Health and Well-being: Historical and Contemporary Connections
Deborah Stiles (Nova Scotia Agricultural College), Steven Dukeshire (Nova Scotia Agricultural College), Kenneth S. Paulsen (Nova Scotia Agricultural College), Melanie Goodridge, David Hobson, Jamie MacLaughlin, Katriona MacNeil and J. Cristian Rangel

Part V Theorizing Rurality and Gender

19. Healthy Rural Bodies? Embodied Approaches to the Study of Rural Women's Health
Jo Little (University of Exeter)

20. Women, Chronic Illness and Rural Australia: Exploring the Intersections between Space, Identity and the Body
Barbara Pini (Curtin University) and Karen Soldatic (Curtin University)

21. Health Policy and the Politics of Citizenship: Northern Women's Care Giving in Rural British Columbia
Jo-Anne Fiske (University of Lethbridge), Dawn Hemingway (University of Northern British Columbia), Anita Vaillancourt (University of Toronto), Heather Peters (University of Northern British Columbia), Christina McLennan (Thompson Rivers University), Barbara Keith (Vancouver Coastal Health) and Anne Burrill (University of Northern British Columbia)

22. Well Beings: Placing Emotion in Canadian Rural, Gender, and Health Research
Deborah Thien (California State University, Long Beach)


Editorial Reviews

‘This volume is a rare and important collection of ground-breaking work on a topic too often ignored in Canadian academia.’

- Megan J. Davis - BC Studies vol 185 spring 2015