Women's health, women's health care: complicating experience, language and ideologies

Authors: McDonald, Carol; McIntyre, Marjorie

Source: Nursing Philosophy, Volume 3, Number 3, October 2002 , pp. 260-267(8)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Increasingly, research in women's health and healthcare foregrounds women's experience. Despite the contribution that explorations of women's ‘lived life’ makes to our understandings, the concern of these feminist authors is the absence of in-depth analysis of the complexity of experience and the contexts in which women's experiences of health are constituted. In this paper, authors extend current understandings of the lived life by complicating notions of knowledge, experience, language and ideologies. These ideas challenge taken-for-granted assumptions that underlie current women's healthcare practices, disrupting the reinscription of patriarchal ideologies and generating new possibilities for nursing practice.
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