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Health Inequities in Canada

Intersectional Frameworks and Practices

There is a growing recognition that existing theories on, and approaches to, health inequities are limited in their ability to capture how they are produced through changing, co-constituted, and intersecting effects of multiple forms of oppression. Intersectionality considers the interactions and combined impacts of social locations and structural processes on the creation and perpetuation of inequities. This volume brings together activists, scholars, and community-based researchers to apply interpretations of intersectionality to health and organizational governance cases. By addressing specific health issues, it demonstrates that inequities cannot be understood without the interrogation of power and diverse social locations and structures that shape lives and experiences of health.


384 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: Purpose, Overview, and Contribution / Olena Hankivsky, Sarah de Leeuw, Jo-Anne Lee, Bilkis Vissandjée, and Nazilla Khanlou

1 Why the Theory and Practice of Intersectionality Matter to Health Research and Policy / Rita Kaur Dhamoon and Olena Hankivsky

Part 1: Theoretical and Methodological Innovations / Edited by Sarah de Leeuw and Olena Hankivsky

2 Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Addressing Indigenous Health Inequities in Canada through Theories of Social Determinants of Health and Intersectionality / Sarah de Leeuw and Margo Greenwood

3 A Cross-Cultural Quantitative Approach to Intersectionality and Health: Using Interactions between Gender, Race, Class, and Neighbourhood to Predict Self-Rated Health in Toronto and New York City / Jennifer Black and Gerry Veenstra

4 Performing Intersectionality: The Mutuality of Intersectional Analysis and Feminist Participatory Action Health Research / Colleen Reid, Pamela Ponic, Louise Hara, Connie Kaweesi, and Robin LeDrew

5 Adding Religion to Gender, Race, and Class: Seeking New Insights on Intersectionality in Health Care Contexts / Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham and Sonya Sharma

Part 2: Intersectionality Research across the Life Course / Edited by Nazilla Khanlou and Olena Hankivsky

6 Navigating the Crossroads: Exploring Young Women’s Experiences of Health Using an Intersectional Framework / Natalie Clark and Sarah Hunt

7 Exploring Health and Identity through Photovoice, Intersectionality, and Transnational Feminisms: Voices of Racialized Young Women / Jo-Anne Lee and Alison Sum

8 An Intersectional Understanding of Youth Cultural Identities and Psychosocial Integration: Why It Matters to Mental Health Promotion in Immigrant-Receiving Pluralistic Societies / Nazilla Khanlou and Tahira Gonsalves

9 Adopti

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