Embodying the gender regime: health, illness and dis-ease across the life course

The objective of this symposium is to bring together a small number of key researchers whose research, whilst it may be based in separate disciplinary areas, and address different audiences, including those of medical sociology, gender studies and age studies (including childhood, youth studies and social gerontology), all use heath, well-being, illness and dis-ease, as vehicles through which to examine and illuminate the complexities and inequalities of the gender order.

Previous research in this area has noted that whilst the old binary of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ has been replaced by a new plurality involving both old gender performances and norms and newer hybrid forms, these have not replaced inequality but added to its complexity. This is reflected in the new array of diagnoses, disease and psycho-pathologies that particularly appear in women. This symposium aims to explore this complexity via new empirical and theoretical contributions as well as a focus on the different conditions exhibited by women at different stages and ages in the life course.

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