9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN16 Sociology of Health and Illness

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Gender and Gender Challanges in European Health Care Building I, 1E2

Far away or close together? Women´s Health Movement and Feminist Associations

In my research I want to examine the results of the project ?Women?s (Health) Studies and Feminist Theory? conducted by the feminist association ?Frauenhetz? in Vienna in 2008 (a feminist organization founded in 1991).
The project?s intention is to analyze common goals of feminist theory and women?s health research in the past 30 years and today. Whereas in the past at least parts of the Women?s Health Movement in Europe have been linked to Feminist Associations, in their further development a more distant and critical relationship can be observed. Furthermore research results in Gender medicine contribute to an increasing turbulence in marking a clear generative connection between results and achievements of women?s health movements and feminist theory. Though the reduction of women?s health to female bodily functions belongs to the past, social aspects in analyzing women?s health and living situation (Doyal 10995) are not in the foreground of at least research in gender medicine. In conclusion feminist research and women?s health movement are linked together in their intention to highlight aspects of women?s life in a still patriarchal dominated society. As both of them follow historic pathways in analyzing and ameliorating female living conditions, they are in close relation and acting in contrast to research streams which still ? and reduced ? look only ?inside women? to find reasons and answers for gender differences (in health).
The main aim of my presentation is to discuss the close relation and moreover distant development of and between women?s health movements and feminist associations in Europe.