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.
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Number of pages: 388
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
"A refreshing addition to the literature of breast cancer, this book contends that it is societal change as much as anything that will lead to better treatment and prevention of breast cancer" - Publishers Weekly
"This is not the first book to bring a feminist, social analysis to the issue of breast cancer and the activism it has inspired. It is, however, one of the best..." - Women's Review of Books
"...a trenchant analysis of the social, economic, and political dimensions of breast cancer..." - New England Journal of Medicine
...a very good book... writing is accessible, individual chapters are clear and pointed, and the book succeeds...