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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4744

Title: Barbie Meets the Bindi: Discursive Constructions of Health Among Young South-Asian Canadian Women
Authors: George, Tammy,
Geneviève, Rail,
Keywords: RACIALIZATION
POSTCOLONIALISM
DISCOURSE
WOMEN
SOUTH ASIAN
BODY
BEAUTY
Issue Date: Dec-2005
Publisher: Pristine Publishing
Citation: Women's Health and Urban Life. 4(2):44-66
Abstract: Stereotypes emphasizing passivity, docility and uncleanliness all contribute to cultural (mis)understandings of Canadian women of South-Asian background. Such understandings are a part of dominant racist discourses, including “bodily” discourses related to health. This paper focuses on the discursive constructions of health among ten young, second-generation South-Asian Canadian women from the Ottawa and Toronto areas. In this qualitative study, feminist postcolonialism and poststructuralism are used as a lens through which we analyse and interpret the transcripts of conversations with these women. The results highlight these young women’s discursive constructions of health and particularly how racialized and gendered notions of ‘looking good’ constitute a crucial element in their understanding of what it is to be ‘healthy.’ We discuss and conclude on how these young women locate themselves as un/healthy subjects within larger cultural discourses of traditional (white) femininity, heteronormativity and consumption.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4744
ISSN: 1499-0369
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