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The Vulnerable Empowered Woman

Author : Tasha N. Dubriwny
ISBN : 9780813554020
Genre : Medical
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The feminist women’s health movement of the 1960s and 1970s is credited with creating significant changes in the healthcare industry and bringing women’s health issues to public attention. Decades later, women’s health issues are more visible than ever before, but that visibility is made possible by a process of depoliticization The Vulnerable Empowered Woman assesses the state of women’s healthcare today by analyzing popular media representations—television, print newspapers, websites, advertisements, blogs, and memoirs—in order to understand the ways in which breast cancer, postpartum depression, and cervical cancer are discussed in American public life. From narratives about prophylactic mastectomies to young girls receiving a vaccine for sexually transmitted disease, the representations of women’s health today form a single restrictive identity: the vulnerable empowered woman. This identity defuses feminist notions of collective empowerment and social change by drawing from both postfeminist and neoliberal ideologies. The woman is vulnerable because of her very femininity and is empowered not to change the world, but to choose from among a limited set of medical treatments. The media’s depiction of the vulnerable empowered woman’s relationship with biomedicine promotes traditional gender roles and affirms women’s unquestioning reliance on medical science for empowerment. The book concludes with a call to repoliticize women’s health through narratives that can help us imagine women—and their relationship to medicine—differently.
Category: Medical

Storied Health And Illness

Author : Jill Yamasaki
ISBN : 9781478633914
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Health and illness are storied experiences that necessarily entail personal, cultural, and political complexities. For all of us, communicating about health and illness requires a continuous negotiation of these complexities and a delicate balance between what we learn about the biology of disease from providers and our own very personal, subjective experiences of being ill. Storied Health and Illness brings together dozens of noteworthy scholars, both established and emerging, in a provocative collection that embraces narrative ways of knowing to think about, analyze, and reconsider our own and others’ health beliefs, behaviors, and communication. Comprehensive content reflects the editors’ substantial research in integrative health, narrative care, and innovative ways of improving well-being and quality of life in personal relationships, healthcare, the workplace, and community settings. Unique narrative approaches to the study of health communication include: • 14 chapters written by 22 contributors who use engaging stories from their own research or personal experience to introduce and ground foundational communication concepts in healthcare, health promotion, community support, organizational wellness, and other health-related sites of interest. • Compelling stories of individuals living with the inherent challenges and unexpected opportunities of mental illness, addiction, aging, cancer, dialysis, sexual harassment, miscarriage, obesity, alopecia, breastfeeding, health threats to immigrant workers, developmental differences, and youth gun violence. • 36 Health Communication in Action (HCIA) sidebars that highlight applied research of innovative health communication scholars in their own words and then prompt readers to think more deeply about their own perspectives and experiences. • Theorizing Practice boxes that encourage readers to reflect on stories that describe significant experiences in their own and others’ lives as they consider assumptions and enlarge their viewpoints in previously unimagined ways.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Neoliberal Governance And Health

Author : Jessica Polzer
ISBN : 9780773599550
Genre : Political Science
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Provoking urgent questions about the politics of health in the twenty-first century, this collection interrogates how neoliberal approaches to governance frame health and risk in ways that promote individual responsibility and the implications of such framings for the well-being of the collective. The essays examine a range of important issues, including childhood obesity, genetic testing, HPV vaccination, Aboriginal health, pandemic preparedness, environmental health, disability policy, aging, contingent work, and women’s access to social services. With specific attention to the Canadian context, contributors reveal how neoliberal practices and policies shape the health experiences of individuals, disadvantaged groups, and communities by cultivating self-discipline while further exposing to harm the lives and bodies of those already marginalized in consumer society. Building on the theoretical conceptualizations of power and government of French philosopher Michel Foucault, the case studies extend our understanding of the effects of neoliberal practices and policies in relation to social class, gender, racialized identity, colonization, and ability, and provide insight into how health-related discourse creates new requirements for citizenship and forms of social stratification. A timely intervention in the field of health studies, Neoliberal Governance and Health establishes the need for critical interdisciplinary scholarship to counter the individualizing and marginalizing tendencies of health-related policy, practice and research.
Category: Political Science

Digesting Femininities

Author : Natalie Jovanovski
ISBN : 9783319589251
Genre : Social Science
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This volume addresses how the rhetoric of feminist empowerment has been combined with mainstream representations of food, thus creating a cultural consciousness around food and eating that is unmistakably pathological. Throughout, Natalie Jovanovski discusses key texts written by women, for women: best-selling diet books, popular cookbooks produced by female food celebrities, and iconic feminist self-help texts. This is the first book to engage in a feminist analysis of body-policing food trends that focus specifically on the use of feminist rhetoric as a harmful aspect of food culture. There is a smorgasbord of seemingly diverse gender roles for women to choose from, but many encourage breaking gender norms and embracing a love of food while perpetuating old narratives of guilt and restraint. Digesting Femininities problematizes the gendering of food and eating and challenges the reader to imagine what a genderless and emancipatory food culture would look like.
Category: Social Science

Communication Studies And Feminist Perspectives On Ovarian Cancer

Author : Dinah A. Tetteh
ISBN : 9781498548120
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book provides critical feminist and communication insights into women’s experiences of ovarian cancer. It argues for renewed critical examination of discourses around ovarian cancer diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and advocacy and reflections on how these discourses further hegemonic practices that undermine women’s lived experiences.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Art Of Asking

Author : Amanda Palmer
ISBN : 9783732513284
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Um Hilfe zu bitten fällt uns oft schwer, weil wir Angst haben, schwach und bedürftig zu scheinen. Eine völlig falsche Sichtweise, meint Amanda Palmer. Die Musikerin ist eine wahre Expertin darin, sich helfen zu lassen, bat sie doch bei unzähligen Gelegenheiten um die Unterstützung ihrer Fans. Dabei hat sie erfahren, dass der ausgetauschte Gefallen stets für beide Seiten ein Gewinn ist. Wer um Hilfe bittet, zeigt sich zwar verletzlich, erhält aber auch die Chance, Vertrauen zu beweisen und Beziehungen aufzubauen. Amanda Palmer hat ein großes Buch über Menschlichkeit geschrieben; über Ängste und Schwächen und über die Kraft der Güte und des Vertrauens.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Leben Retten

Author : Peter Singer
ISBN : 9783037900079
Genre : Social Science
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Täglich sterben 27000 Kinder unter fünf Jahren, weil sie in Armut leben. Dieses Buch zeigt auf, wie Sie mindestens einem dieser Kinder das Leben retten könnten - und es erklärt Ihnen, warum Sie es nicht tun. Peter Singer rechnet vor, wie wir die Armut abschaffen könnten, indem jeder Einzelne, der nicht in Armut lebt, einen kaum spürbaren Teil seines Besitzes abgibt. Und er geht nüchtern der Frage nach, warum es uns so unendlich schwerfällt, diesen kleinen, aber alles verändernden Schritt zu machen. Ein Experiment: Einer Gruppe (A) wird in Aussicht gestellt, dass sie mit einer Spende einem Kind das Leben könnte. Einer zweiten Gruppe (B) wird ebenfalls in Aussicht gestellt, mit einer Spende Leben retten zu können - und zwar nicht nur von einem, sondern von acht Kindern. Ergebnis: Gruppe B spendet deutlich weniger als Gruppe A. Anhand dieses und vieler weiterer Experimente zeigt Peter Singer auf, welche psychologischen Faktoren uns davon abhalten, trotz rationaler Einsicht tatkräftig zur Lösung eines der größten Probleme der Menschheit beizutragen. Am Ende steht dabei weder eine Anklage noch eine moralische Entlastung - sondern ein konkreter Sieben-Punkte-Plan, mit dem die Armut auf der Welt abgeschafft werden kann.
Category: Social Science

A Qualitative Assessment Of Orphans And Vulnerable Children In Two Zimbabwean Districts

Author : Shungu Munyati
ISBN : 079692144X
Genre : AIDS (Disease) in children
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The Human Sciences Research Council was commissioned by the WK Kellogg Foundation to develop and implement a five-year intervention project focusing on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in southern Africa. In collaboration with several partner organisations, the project currently focuses on how children, families, and communities in Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are coping with the impact of HIV/AIDS. The aim of the project is to develop models of best practise so as to enhance and improve support structures for OVC in the southern African region as a whole.
Category: AIDS (Disease) in children

A Framework To Understand Gender And Structural Vulnerability To Climate Change In The Ganges River Basin

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ISBN : 9789290908067
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As climate change becomes accepted as a reality in the scientific community, it is critical to continue to understand its impact on the ground, particularly for communities dependent on agriculture and natural resources. This report reviews the extensive literature on the vulnerability to climate change in South Asia, with a focus on gender. It highlights how vulnerability is intricately connected to existing social structures. With respects to gender inequalities, the report reviews how men and women are affected in different ways by climate shocks, while differing access to resources and cultural ideologies mean that their capacity to ‘adapt’ is also not equal. The report also notes the importance of other axes of inequality (caste, class and ethnicity) in shaping gendered vulnerability. It concludes by offering insights into potential ways forward to promote more equitable adaptation to change through improved policies and practices.

Wie Demokratien Sterben

Author : Steven Levitsky
ISBN : 9783641222918
Genre : Political Science
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Ausgezeichnet mit dem NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis 2018 als bestes Sachbuch des Jahres Demokratien sterben mit einem Knall oder mit einem Wimmern. Der Knall, also das oft gewaltsame Ende einer Demokratie durch einen Putsch, einen Krieg oder eine Revolution, ist spektakulärer. Doch das Dahinsiechen einer Demokratie, das Sterben mit einem Wimmern, ist alltäglicher – und gefährlicher, weil die Bürger meist erst aufwachen, wenn es zu spät ist. Mit Blick auf die USA, Lateinamerika und Europa zeigen die beiden Politologen Steven Levitsky und Daniel Ziblatt, woran wir erkennen, dass demokratische Institutionen und Prozesse ausgehöhlt werden. Und sie sagen, an welchen Punkten wir eingreifen können, um diese Entwicklung zu stoppen. Denn mit gezielter Gegenwehr lässt sich die Demokratie retten – auch vom Sterbebett.
Category: Political Science