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Women’s Health in Central Asia

The Case of Female Suitcase Traders

Muyassar Turaeva

This article assesses the social factors that influence the health of female suitcase traders and the health risks related to the trade as an occupation. The findings indicate that it is imperative to study the health of small-scale traders within the framework of occupational health. Suitcase trade is widespread in both developing countries and the post-Soviet region, and recognising it as an occupation makes it possible to research related health issues. This in turn can lead to the discovery of specific patterns regarding health risks and the treatment of typical illnesses of suitcase traders, thus facilitating comparison with other occupational health research. The article examines existing barriers to health for women in Central Asia and summarises the quality and content of the treatment that is available.

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Cultural Expectations of Pregnant Women in Qatar

Susie Kilshaw, Daniel Miller, Halima Al Tamimi, Faten El-Taher, Mona Mohsen, Nadia Omar, Stella Major, and Kristina Sole

popular for women’s health, with their use on the rise by pregnant women (see John and Shantakumari 2015 ). Women often ‘do not reveal this information to their physician. Most women were advised by family and friends to use herbal medicines and believed

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Konstantinos Ardavanis, Lisa Dikomitis, and Christine McCourt

Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants. Robert Courtney Smith, California: University of California Press, 2006, ISBN: 0520244133 (hardback), 385pp., Hb: £37.95.

When Greeks Think about Turks: The View from Anthropology. Dimitrios Theodossopoulos (ed.), London: Routledge, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-415-40070-1 (hardback) ISBN 978-0-415-56426-7 (Paperback) 216pp. Hb: £80.00, Pb: £20.00.

Fracture: Adventures of A Broken Body. By Ann Oakley. Bristol: Policy Press, 2007. ISBN: 9781861349378

Exploring the Dirty Side of Women’s Health. By Mavis Kirkham (ed). London: Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-415-38325-7

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Heather A. Came

Glenn Laverack (2013) Health activism: Foundations and strategies, London: Sage Publications, pp. 175, ISBN: 978-1-4462-4964-2.

As a long-time public health activist I was pleased to see Laverack’s new book focussing on health activism. To date, there have been only a handful of texts available suitable for tertiary students, the most notable being Cwikel’s (2006) substantial work. The bulk of health activist texts consist of speciality texts about women’s health, HIV/AIDS activism and the ongoing fight against big tobacco. Laverack’s text serves its purpose in addressing a gap in the market for a generic introduction to public health activism.

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Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh

It has been forty years since the feminist classic on women’s health and sexuality, Our Bodies, Our Selves was published. Available first in 1971 and then produced commercially in 1973 (revised, re-issued and, as of October 2011, in its ninth printing), Our Bodies, Our Selves, published by the Boston Women’s Collective, was regarded by many girls and women in the 1970s and 1980s as the book that changed their relationship to their own bodies and to their own health. And indeed, it set the stage for a revisioning of the questions: “Whose bodies?” and “Whose voices?” in health research, and could be regarded as a precursor to such works as Sandra Harding’s (1991) Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Thinking from Women’s Lives.

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Creating Dialogue on Inclusion in Vietnam

Girls with Disabilities Exhibit their Work

Naydene de Lange, Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, and Nghiem Thi Thu Trang

Participatory Action Research Strategy Applied to Women’s Health .” Journal of Women’s Health 8 , no. 2 : 185 – 192 . 10.1089/jwh.1999.8.185

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Redefining Representation

Black Trans and Queer Women’s Digital Media Production

Moya Bailey

differences in health outcomes for white and Black women (Parham and Hicks 2005) . The realities of Black queer and trans women’s health are particularly stark. According to the Black Women’s Health Project, “the largest factor in determining the health of

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Natalie Clark

mainstream institutions and ideas of health that exclude cultural, gendered, and spatial experiences of young women’s health and wellness and the intersection of these in girls’ lives? Does this policy support through referral and advocacy the use of local

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Brigette Krieg

Strategy Applied to Women’s Health .” Journal of Women’s Health 8 , no. 2 : 185 – 192 . 10.1089/jwh.1999.8.185 Note 1 Pseudonyms have been used to ensure anonymity of the youth involved in the Photovoice project.

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Women and development in Vietnam

Caught between social tradition and economic globalization

Khuat Thu Hong

infrastructure, especially in relation to health. Women’s health continues to be an issue and maternal mortality rates remain high. Violence against women also remains an issue in Vietnam. Such institutional and social difficulties are compounded by beliefs