Sex, Gender And Health by Tessa M. PollardSex, Gender And Health by Tessa M. Pollard

Sex, Gender And Health

EditorTessa M. Pollard, Susan Brin Hyatt, Catherine Panter-Brick

Paperback | September 28, 1999

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It is widely recognized that men and women in societies all over the world have very different experiences of sickness and health. This collection brings together biological and social anthropologists whose work illustrates how these subdisciplines have approached the task of explaining such differences. It demonstrates that an understanding of science and culture, using the notions of biological "sex" and socio-culturally constructed "gender" are both essential for furthering analyses of men's and women's, boys' and girls' experiences of health and disease. It addresses the important topics of gender differences in parental care, cardiovascular disease, reproductive health, and psychological illness, and looks at how the medicalization of women and their relative absence from models of population health might affect their experiences of preventative health measures. This book will be particularly useful for students in human sciences or anthropology courses, or anyone wishing to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the subject.
Title:Sex, Gender And HealthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.43 inPublished:September 28, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521597072

ISBN - 13:9780521597074


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Sex, gender and health: integrating biological and social perspectives Tessa M. Pollard and Susan Brin Hyatt; 2. Parental manipulation of postnatal survival and well-being: are parental sex preferences adaptive? Catherine M. Hill and Helen L. Ball; 3. Gender bias in South Asia: effects on child growth and nutritional status Emily K. Rousham; 4. Sex, gender and cardiovascular disease Tessa M. Pollard; 5. Social meanings and sexual bodies: gender, sexuality and barriers to women's health care Lenore Manderson; 6. Poverty and the medicalization of motherhood Susan Brin Hyatt; 7. The vanishing woman: gender and population health Patricia A. Kaufert; 8. Agency, opposition and resistance: a systemic approach to psychological illness in sub-dominant groups Roland Littlewood.

From Our Editors

Here’s a timely collection of writings that examines the varying experiences and understanding of sickness and health between men and women as different special interest groups. Sex, Gender and Health probes the issues to discover how such differences came about — and how world cultures all have their own biases when it comes to women. Taking an international approach, these writings focus on the difficulties in understanding science and culture because of gender differences in parental care in different areas of the world — and the absence of women from accepted models respecting population health.  

Editorial Reviews

'... extremely interesting and useful ... I highly recommend it for specialists and students in many different fields, biological and social anthropology being only the first of these.' E. Godina, Journal of Biosocial Science