Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Health Care

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Health Care

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The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Health Care Edited by Ellen Kuhlmann and Ellen Annandale. Published by Palgrave Macmillan 2010. Hardback 504pp. Price £120 ISBN 978 0 230 23031 6

This is a useful handbook for students, researchers and health professionals alike. It is a timely addition given current growing critiques around gender mainstreaming and "the blind spots that it generates" (p.2). This 'tour de force' of a handbook brings together the work of 48 authors in 26 chapters, clustered into 5 parts, topped and tailed by an easy to read and informative introduction and conclusion. Each chapter finishes with a useful bullet point summary and suggested further reading. Together the chapters blend theory and health care practices and bring alive the importance of embedding gender analysis and responses within different national and local contexts.

Part I 'Gendering Healthcare and Policy' reviews international health planning and health sector reforms globally, highlights and analyses - with practical examples - the importance of gender sensitive indicators and the new gender challenges posed by medicalization, geneticization and pharmaceuticalization. Part II 'The Social Patterning of Health by Gender' examines a range of issues and contexts but with the exception of case studies on HIV and AIDS in South Africa is largely based in the global north (with examples of coronary heart disease, mental health and the gendering of reproductive regimes in US and Europe). …

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