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Intersectional Approaches in Health-Risk Research: A Critical Review
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Forum för genusvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5337-3287
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Risk and Crisis Research Center)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5000-311X
2014 (English)In: Sociology Compass, ISSN 1751-9020, E-ISSN 1751-9020, Vol. 8, no 9, 1112-1126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The overall aim of this article is to explore how the intersectional approach is used in health-riskresearch. The concept has been recognized in health-risk research since the early 2000s, but not asmuch as in the broader field of health-inequality studies. However, in the past 5 years, Social Scienceand Medicine has published a series of review articles that argue for the necessity of bringingintersectional perspectives to the field of health-risk studies more generally and quantitative healthriskresearch in particular. Asking what it means for health-risk researchers to practiseintersectionality shows the implications of translating a theoretical approach across fields anddisciplines. When applying intersectional theory in relation to health-risks, the theoretical conceptualizationof health and risk are often very limited and treated as fixed categories – something thatbecomes problematic when taken within an intersectional framework. This does not mean that thiswork is unimportant, but rather that the link between theoretically driven intersectionality andempirical-focused health research is weak. In order to overcome the dividing lines of health-riskresearch and intersectionality, we argue for a new approach that echoes the ‘doing gender’ of genderstudies: doing risk.

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2014. Vol. 8, no 9, 1112-1126 p.
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intersectionality risk review
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-23878DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12176Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84927650641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-23878DiVA: diva2:772989
Available from: 2014-12-17 Created: 2014-12-17 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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