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 15: Engendered movements: migration, gender and health in a globalized world

Denise L. Spitzer


The intensity, density and breadth of contemporary global migration is unprecedented in human history, involving over 220 million people around the world, half of whom are women. In this chapter, the author situates findings from her own research undertaken in Canada, Southeast Asia and Ethiopia within the published literature to illuminate the dynamic and complex interactions of migration and gender _ intersecting with other social markers _ and their impact on health and well-being. In so doing, she strives to articulate the pathways as to how macro- and meso-level phenomena such as neoliberal globalization, constructions of gender and racialized categories, and immigration policies, are implicated in the health and well-being of individuals and communities. This holistic and interactive perspective allows the nuancing of the health outcomes of the engendered movements of individuals, households and communities within and across borders under the conditions of neoliberal globalization that can further contribute to theory, health services, immigration and health policies, and community activism.

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