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Breast Cancer : Society Shapes Epidemic

Breast Cancer : Society Shapes Epidemic - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312294519

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Publisher: Palgrave
Published: 2000
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Breast Cancer : Society Shapes Epidemic - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312294519

Susan Ferguson and Anne Kasper

ISBN13: 978-0312294519
ISBN10: 0312294514
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Palgrave

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Breast Cancer: Society Shapes an Epidemic provides an innovative look at the social and political contexts of breast cancer and examines how this illness has become a social problem. This is not a book about breast cancer as a biological disease, its diagnosis and treatment, or the latest research to cure it. Rather, it looks at how economics, politics, gender, social class, and race-ethnicity have deeply influenced the science behind breast cancer research, spurred the growth of a breast cancer industry, generated media portrayals of women with the disease, and defined and influenced women's experiences with breast cancer. The contributors address the social construction of breast cancer as an illness and as an area of scientific controversy, advocacy, and public policy. Chapters on the history of breast cancer, the health care system, the environment, and the marketing of breast cancer, among others, tease apart the complex social forces that have shaped our collective and individual responses to breast cancer.

Author Bio

Kasper, Anne S. : University of Illinois at Chicago

Anne S. Kasper is Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Research on Women and Gender, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Table of Contents

Contents:

Foreword--Dr. Susan Love
Introduction
Living with Breast Cancer--Susan J. Ferguson & Anne S. Kasper

Part I: Breast Cancer--The Historical Context

Inventing a Curable Disease: Historical Perspectives on Breast Cancer--Barron H. Lerner
Deformities and Diseased: The Medicalization of Women's Breasts--Susan J. Ferguson

Part II: Breast Cancer as a Social Problem

A. The Economics of Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer and the Evolving Health Care System--Ellen R. Shaffer
Profits from Pain: The Political Economy of Breast Cancer--Jane S. Zones
B. Women, Their Bodies, and the Illness Experience
Women's Experience of Breast Cancer--Marcy E. Rosenbaum & Gun M. Roos
Barriers and Burdens: Poor Women Face Breast Cancer--Anne S. Kasper
C. The Politics of Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Policymaking--Carol S. Weisman
Controversies in Breast Cancer Research--Sue V. Rosser
The Environmental Link to Breast Cancer--Sandra Steingraber

Part III: Breast Cancer and Social Change

Breast Cancer in Popular Women's Magazines from 1913-1996--Jennifer R. Fosket, Christine LaFie, & Angela Karran
Sister Support: Women Create a Breast Cancer Movement--Barbara A. Brenner

Conclusion
Eliminating Breast Cancer from Our Future--Anne S. Kasper & Susan J. Ferguson

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