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Sex, Gender and Health


  • 7 b/w illus. 1 table
  • Page extent: 188 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 613
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: RA564.7 .S49 1999
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Health--Sex differences
    • Medical anthropology
    • Health--Cross-cultural studies

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521592826 | ISBN-10: 0521592828)

It is widely recognised 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 sub-disciplines have approached the task of explaining such differences. We demonstrate 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. We address the important topics of gender differences in parental care, cardiovascular disease, reproductive health and psychological illness, and look at how the medicalisation 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 on human sciences or anthropology courses, or anyone wishing to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the subject.

• Focuses on explaining the differences between the health and disease of boys and girls, men and women in comparative perspective • International and cross-cultural coverage • Brings together biological and social sciences to foster links and communication between them for all-round understanding of topic


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.


'… 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


Tessa M. Pollard, Susan Brin Hyatt, Catherine M. Hill, Helen L. Ball, Emily K. Rousham, Lenore Manderson, Patricia A. Kaufert, Roland Littlewood

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