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Starting Well: Gender, Care and Health in the Family Context

Linda McKie, Sophia Bowlby and Sue Gregory
Sociology
Vol. 38, No. 3 (JULY 2004), pp. 593-611
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42856641
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

In this artice we present a critique of a series of public policy documents that aim at improvement in health for the general population, particularly families, but fail or to recognize or appreciate the implications of gender for the everyday and the long-term experiences of family members. Drawing upon considerations of gender, families, health, time and space, and previous theoretical work (McKie et al.,2002), we propose the concept of 'healthscapes' to aid the analysis and development of public policies. A healthscapes approach allows analysis of health policy within the diverse and multi-dimensional notions of time, space and gender that infuse the lifecourse. We assert that consideration of the gendered and generational project of caring, particularly in relation to the (re)production of health, should involve a reflective inter-play between theory, research and policy.

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