Sherwin S, Feminist Health Care Ethics Research Network. 1998. The politics of women's health: Exploring agency and autonomy. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 321 pp.
Annotation: This book is a collection of nine essays that examine women's health status and health care delivery in different countries and the assumptions behind the dominant medical model of solving problems without regard to social conditions. The authors are members of the Feminist Health Care Ethics Research Network, an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners whose primary interest is in feminist approaches to women's health. The book is the result of a four-year collaborative research project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The essays are entitled: A Relational Approach to Autonomy in Health Care; Situating Women in the Politics of Health; The Politics of Health: Geneticization Versus Health Promotion; Contested Bodies, Contested Knowledges: Women, Health, and the Politics of Medicalization; Agency, Diversity, and Constraints: Women and Their Physicians, Canada, 1850-1950; Reflections on the Transfer of "Progress": The Case of Reproduction; Anomalous Women and Political Strategies for Aging Societies; (Re)fashioning Medicine's Response to Wife Abuse; and Reframing Research Involving Humans. Notes are provided at the end of each essay. A list of references and biographies of the authors are included in the book.
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Keywords: Africa, Bioethics, Canada, Ethics, Gender discrimination, Health care delivery, Health promotion, Japan, North America, Research, Women's health