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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32417

Title: Decolonizing Policy Discourse: Reframing the ‘Problem’ of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Authors: Hunting, Gemma
Browne, Annette J.
Keywords: POLICY
FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER
ABORIGINAL WOMEN
RACIALIZATION
DISCOURSE
Issue Date: May-2012
Publisher: UTSC Printing Services, University of Toronto Scarborough
Citation: Women's Health and Urban Life, Vol 11 (1), pg 35-53
Abstract: In this paper, we examine how Canadian federal policy discourse on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) frames the ‘problem’ of alcohol use and FASD in gendered and colonial ways that marginalize the needs of women. Applying a critical feminist lens to key policy documents, we show how Aboriginal women continue to be constructed as perpetrators of the ‘problem’ of FASD, while the structural, social, and historical processes (i.e., urbanization, racialization, and colonialism) that give rise to women’s health and social inequities are obscured. Our aim is to contribute to the dialogue that feminist, indigenous, and women’s health scholars have offered with respect to recognizing and problematizing the assumptions implicit within health policy. This analysis highlights the need to re-contextualize current policy discourses in ways that foreground women’s health experiences within intersections of power and ongoing processes of discrimination.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32417
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