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Health Studies
Denis Maxwell

HLTC02 WINTER 2013 Week 4: Women’s Labor, Women’s Health Lecture:  Review: o Focused narrowly on the analysis of biomedical discourse (Martin) o Focused on historical analysis (Birn; Lock & Kaufert to some extent; Glenn) o Applied a social constructionist approach to analysing medical categories (Rapp; Lock & Kaufert; Martin) o Used a political-economy approach (Birn; Doyal; to some extent Lock & Kaufert, Goldade) o Focused on ethnographic analysis (Rapp; Cornwall; Katsulis et al.; Goldade) o Used cross-cultural comparative analysis (Lock & Kaufert)  Glenn – Paid Caring in the Home o What is the ideology of separate sphere and how has it hindered the legal recognition of home care and other domestic services workers’ rights in United States (and elsewhere)?  Work and Home are seen as separated aspects of life and the way the market works should not intrude into the home according to some  Domestic paid work occupies the ambivalent space in between the home and workplace – this has lead to the stalling of worker’s rights in this line of work because the courts are apprehensive of dictating conditions of an area that had for so long been under the purview of wives and families  creation of dichotomy of “public” and “private” spheres  Private homes defined as beyond the market sphere  Domestic labour minimised, deskilled, rendered “not really work” o What interests are at stake in continuing to withhold basic rights from this category of workers?  Courts think its unfair to ask families to pay more for domestic care and work – employees are more like the family, its unfair to be asked to be paid more because the work is apparently not that hard  This also allows private corporations that run these old-age living communities  Whose rights aren’t being taken into account – this special class of workers whose workplace is in the home of others  Vested interests of for-profit private agencies , state agencies seeking to contain costs, and private employers  Katsulis et Al – Sex Workers in Tijuana o How do their different work settings structure sex worker’s safety in Tijuana?  Indoor – safer because of alliance with hotel managers, workers, and possibly police; Con: Have to pay money to clubs and brothels, have to work their hours, around drugs and alcohol, socialize with johns,  Outdoor Legal zones – required to have an ID or else face police harassment, more dense area, less likely to make as high a commission in a more sparse area, much safer, women may opt for this so that they can choose their own hours, not forced HLTC02 WINTER 2013 to socialize with Johns, and are away from drugs, and alcohol
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