A collaborative exploration of the practical issues of women's empowerment in the health care system and the deep assumptions and values that underlie that system
For four years an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners, including physicians, lawyers, philosophers, and social scientists, collaborated closely on the development of these essays. They also experienced many of the issues of women's health in their personal lives: three gave birth, three entered menopause, and two underwent major surgery; some provided care for their mothers and grandmothers.
The authors examine both the real world of 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 book is not organized around types of medical interventions; instead, its thrust is to ask what feminist health care ethics looks like if we start with women's experiences and concerns. The authors unravel two key concepts of women's experiences and concerns. The authors unravel two key concepts of women's empowerment -- agency and autonomy -- that apply to all areas of concern to women.
Susan Sherwin is Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, Dalhousie University.
Acknowledgments 1. Introduction - Susan Sherwin with Voices from the Network 2. A Relational Approach to Autonomy in Health-Care - Susan Sherwin 3. Situating Women in the Politics of Health - Margaret Lock 4. The Politics of Health: Geneticization vs. Health Promotion - Abby Lippman 5. Contested Bodies, Contested Knowledges: Women, Health, and the Politics of Medicalization - Kathryn Pauly Morgan 6. Agency, Diversity, and Constraints: Women and Their Physicians, Canada 1850-1959 - Wendy Mitchinson 7. Reflections on the Transfer of "Progress": The Case of Reproduction - Maria De Koninck 8. Anomalous Women and Political Strategies for Aging Societies - Margaret Lock 9. (Re)fashioning Medicine's Response to Wife Abuse - Marilynne Bell and Janet Mosher 10. Reframing Research Involving Humans - Francoise Baylis, Jocelyn Downie, and Susan Sherwin References About the Authors Index