Queering Health: Critical Challenges to Normative Health and Healthcare

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Pub Date: 09/04/2014
Publisher: PCCS BOOKS
ISBN: 9781906254711
Availability: Out of Stock
Quick overview Queering Health will explore queer theory in the context of health and contemporary healthcare. From its original location as critique in the politics of sexuality, queer theory principles can usefully be extrapolated to inform contestations of other forms of normative and oppressive identity practices and the dynamics of exclusion.
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This book uncovers normative assumptions, practices and discourses as central to the production of difference which manifests as gender and sexual inequality and other forms of disadvantage and discrimination in health and healthcare. The strength of these perspectives is in critiquing the increasing power of biomedical sciences in order to contest the hegemony of unexamined healthcare assumptions that deny difference and thereby sustain inequality. These queer and critical theories trouble neoliberal healthcare economics and biomedical scientific norms that operate in every sphere of healthcare, providing a range of radical tools to destabilise, deconstruct or reimagine binaries, discourses, normative categories or moral ideals prevalent in the pursuit of health.

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