Chapter 7: From gendered social innovation to gendering social innovation and co-production in healthcare settings
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Developing a theoretical framework based on the relational theory of gender, the chapter explores social innovation in the healthcare sector as innovation that is basically centred on social relations and able to foster desired changes in the healthcare setting and co-produce services able to address and satisfy unmet social needs. The chapter focuses on the main method of co-production in the healthcare setting, i.e., experience-based co-design (EBCD), and its effects on equity and social justice. By providing a critique of the concept of gendered social innovation, as based on a categorical thinking of gender, the chapter proposes an alternative theoretical framework named gendering social innovation. The chapter analyses the theoretical and methodological implications of using this perspective to analyse and restructure social relations by considering the axes of social differentiation as multidimensional, operating at the micro, meso and macro levels, and reciprocally interrelated.

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