In today's globalised world, it is increasingly important to understand the otherness of different societies and their beliefs, histories and practices. This book focuses on a burning cultural issue: how concepts and constructions of gender and sexuality impact upon health, medicine and healthcare. Starting from the premise that health is neither a universal nor a unitary concept, it offers a series of interdisciplinary analyses of what sickness and well-being have been, are and can be.
The originality of this book is its cross-cultural and trans-historical approach. Bringing together
PART I: THE POLITICS OF SICKNESS AND HEALTH Female genital mutilation: contesting the right to speak of women's bodies in Africa and the West / Nahid Toubia Albanian masculinities, sex-work and migration: homosexuality, AIDS and other moral threats / Nicola Mai The semantics and politics of childbearing and motherhood in contemporary African literature / Nana Wilson-Tagoe What difference did empire make? Sex, gender and sanitary reform in the British Empire / Philippa Levine Dangerous blood: mensturation, medicine and myth in early modern England / Margaret Healy PART II: THE REPRESENTATION OF SICKNESS AND HEALTH Remembrance of health lost: dis/figuring Africa in European AIDS writing / James N. Agar Vulnerable margins: the iconography of blood, dirt and disease in the early twentieth-century South African settler novel / Lynda Morgan Sex in a hot climate: moral degeneracy and erotic excess in The story of Jan Daraa / Rachel Harrison Some fundamental riddles of cholera: sex, sodomy and representations of the fundament / George S. Rousseau Behold the (sick) man / Michael Worton PART III: LEARNING FROM SICKNESS AND HEALTH Infectious social change: tuberculosis and exile among Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala / Audrey Prost Angry women and the evolution of Chinese medicine / Shigehisa Kuriyama Reading gender in ancient Egyptian healing Papyri / Stephen Quirke René and the 'Mal du Siècle': a literary role model for the negotiation of problematic sexual identity in nineteenth-century Europe - the case of Custine and Amiel / Caroline Warman Poetry, pictures and the sexual demographics of health / Deborah Kirklin.
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