How are sex, gender and health interwoven? Theoretical development in a Northern European context

Time period: 2012-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Project leader: Anne Hammarström

Other personnel: Gunnel Hensing, Maria Wiklund, Berit Lundman

Funder: Swedish Research Council

Type of award: Project grant

Total fundning: 8 000 000 SEK

While most feminist researchers today agree about the need to analyse both sex and gender there is a dearth of research on how sex and gender are interwoven. The purpose of this project is to develop theories of how sex/gender and health are interwoven in a Northern European context. The research questions are: 1. How can we move beyond a dichotomous view of the concepts of sex and gender? 2. How are sex/ gender interwoven with health focusing on e.g. gender constructions, gender relations, life conditions, bodily experiences, stress and biological markers. 3. Is the interweaving of sex/ gender with health related to intersectional power dimensions related to age, class, ethnicity and sexuality?Our theoretical points of departures are an interesting combination of social constructivism and materialist feminism. Theory building will be undertaken in a double theorizing process carried out through two different but parallel approaches: analyses of theoretical texts (step 1) and theoretical development through empirical analyses of diverse samples (step 2). These two processes will deliver partial knowledge which will be concurrently linked together and finally integrated at key junctures of theorisation. Our project can make important contributions to both the feminist literature as well as to the field of health.