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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4747

Title: Towards a New Paradigm for Research on Urban Women’s Health
Authors: Bryant, Toba,
Keywords: WOMEN’S HEALTH
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
URBAN HEALTH
POLITICAL ECONOMY
Issue Date: Dec-2005
Publisher: Pristine Publishing
Citation: Women's Health and Urban Life. 4(2):68-95
Abstract: This paper considers the literature on the determinants of urban women’s health through a political economy perspective. This approach is concerned with how society organizes and distributes social and economic resources. These distributions of resources lead to qualitatively different environments that affect women’s health. While there is increasing concern about the quality of urban environments in Canada and their impact on the health of Canadians in general, and women in particular, there is little consideration of how urban environments—especially the social determinants of health— influence women’s health. Instead, a review of the women’s urban health research literature reveals a primary focus on the incidence and prevalence of a variety of disorders among women and issues of access to services and treatment. When urban environments are considered, inquiry is limited to identifying the locations in which women with a variety of afflictions are found. Studies rarely consider the political, economic, and social forces that create these disadvantaged environments, nor how these environments lead to poor health. This paper draws on the emerging social determinants of health literature to present new directions for women’s urban health research.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4747
ISSN: 1499-0369
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