Handbook on Gender and Health
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Handbook on Gender and Health

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.
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Chapter 14: Migration and health in a Chinese context: examining the linkages through a gender lens

Jasmine Gideon


Drawing on data from China this chapter explores the linkages between gender, migration and health. The chapter argues that recognition of the diverse ways in which gendered roles and responsibilities shape the migratory process itself, as well as the employment opportunities available to women and men, is critical to understanding the links between migration and health. Evidence from China clearly illustrates the diverse ways in which gendered roles and responsibilities shape the differential health risks faced by women and men throughout the migratory process, as well as determining their access to health care services. Nevertheless, these relationships are complex and at times even contradictory and there is clearly a need for further research to fully understand the dynamics at play.

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