Week4 dynamics of difference lecturenotesF2015

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Women’s Health and the Dynamics of Difference Health begins where we live, learn, work, and play. Social position impacts where and how we live, learn, work and play. Social Determinants of Health Research shows that the social circumstances in which we are born, live and work – our jobs, schools, built space, transportation, even the quality of civic life – get under the skin and influence: our behaviors access to resources chronic stress levels and ultimately increasing or decreasing our chances for health. All people should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background. Health Disparity Women’s Health Disparity: Differences in women’s health outcomes not explained by disease processes, but by potential social and political factors. The Personal is Political How does the concept “the personal is political”
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relate to health? The choices we make are constrained by the choices we have. The Personal is Political The intersection of public issues and personal problems. The impact of public policy and legislation on our lives, our choices, our health. Politics shape the context of our lives. Social policy is health policy. Health in All Policies Health Impact Assessment Terms to Know Risk of Essentializing: Do you really mean “all women?” Homogeneous Heterogeneous Intersectionality Interlocking Systems of Oppression
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Intersectionality: The intersection of multiple identities A woman is not only a woman Interlocking Systems of Oppression: The experience of multiple forms of oppression simultaneously Visible v. Invisible Characteristics/Difference? What are visible characteristics/differences? What are invisible characteristics/differences? Is what we see who we are? Characteristics v. Identity Perception v. Truth and Self-Definition Assumptions, Categorization, Evaluation Prejudice, Discrimination, Oppression Our differences are not the problem; the problem is the meaning we ascribe to and our differential behavior based on our differences.
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