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Feminism and Health Geography: twin tracks or divergent agendas?

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Feminist geographies of health and illness have emerged over the last 10 years, marking an increased interest in the highly gendered nature of health, health care and caregiving. Yet work in this area remains relatively sparse. This article examines parallels and divergences between feminist and health geography, which frame the context of feminist geographers doing health work. Interconnections between the two subfields where there is most exchange relate to the admission of experiential knowledge in a 'reformed' medical/health geography, and work engaging critical theory--particularly that of the body. The positioning of health geography in the shadow of medicine brings ambiguity to the issue of transformative politics; institutional conservatism vies with an opportunity to bring feminist work to the interstitial space of social science and critical medicine.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of British Columbia, Canada

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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