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Handbook on Gender and Health

Handbook on Gender and Health

International Handbooks on Gender series

Edited by Jasmine Gideon

This Handbook brings together a groundbreaking collection of chapters that uses a gender lens to explore health, healthcare and health policy in both the Global South and North. Empirical evidence is drawn from a variety of different settings and points to the many ways in which the gendered dimensions of health have become reworked across the globe.

Chapter 11: Intersectionality: the value for occupational health research

Rima R. Habib, Kareem Elzein and Nadia Younes

Subjects: development studies, family and gender policy, social policy and sociology, family and gender policy, health policy and economics


The emergent intersectionality framework may offer a powerful vehicle to improve understandings of the role of gender in occupational health outcomes, especially as gender is connected and intersected by class, race, ethnicity, physiology, task, occupational exposure, and other work and life variables that impact health. This chapter explores the applicability of intersectionality to occupational health research, including its value-added to sex/gender research. The chapter first develops a practical definition of the intersectionality framework for the reader. Discussing several ethical dilemmas facing the occupational health discipline, it then makes the case that the central tenets of intersectionality are valuable to the field if it is to maintain a connection to social justice issues. Next, the chapter documents a brief history of the framework in the health sciences field, before discussing several methodological considerations that occupational health researchers should account for when applying an intersectional perspective to their work. The discussion focuses on whether and how an intersectionality framework benefits the study of gender in occupational health research.

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