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Intersectional inequality and health emergencies: The case of the Zika outbreak in Brazil

Magnusson Penna, Carolina LU (2017) STVK12 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
During the Zika outbreak in Brazil, the incidences of Zika related congenital microcephaly seemed to be concentrated mainly among women from the lower socioeconomic classes. This study examines the relationship between the inequalities in Brazilian society and the effects they have had on the Zika outbreak. This is a qualitative case study using a comparative literature review of secondary sources as the empirical foundation. By conducting an analysis using the theories of postcolonial feminism and intersectionality, it was possible to examine and conclude what the inequalities women face in Brazil are, and how they have had an impact on how the Zika outbreak has manifested. Levels of marginalization and power imbalances in Brazilian... (More)
During the Zika outbreak in Brazil, the incidences of Zika related congenital microcephaly seemed to be concentrated mainly among women from the lower socioeconomic classes. This study examines the relationship between the inequalities in Brazilian society and the effects they have had on the Zika outbreak. This is a qualitative case study using a comparative literature review of secondary sources as the empirical foundation. By conducting an analysis using the theories of postcolonial feminism and intersectionality, it was possible to examine and conclude what the inequalities women face in Brazil are, and how they have had an impact on how the Zika outbreak has manifested. Levels of marginalization and power imbalances in Brazilian society that produce and reproduce inequality based on gender and other social aspects have been a major factor, and need to change in order to empower these women and provide more equal opportunities for them both during health emergencies and otherwise. (Less)
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Magnusson Penna, Carolina LU
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STVK12 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Health emergencies, Brazil, Zika virus, Gender inequality, Intersectionality
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English
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8911033
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2017-07-11 18:18:21
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  abstract     = {During the Zika outbreak in Brazil, the incidences of Zika related congenital microcephaly seemed to be concentrated mainly among women from the lower socioeconomic classes. This study examines the relationship between the inequalities in Brazilian society and the effects they have had on the Zika outbreak. This is a qualitative case study using a comparative literature review of secondary sources as the empirical foundation. By conducting an analysis using the theories of postcolonial feminism and intersectionality, it was possible to examine and conclude what the inequalities women face in Brazil are, and how they have had an impact on how the Zika outbreak has manifested. Levels of marginalization and power imbalances in Brazilian society that produce and reproduce inequality based on gender and other social aspects have been a major factor, and need to change in order to empower these women and provide more equal opportunities for them both during health emergencies and otherwise.},
  author       = {Magnusson Penna, Carolina},
  keyword      = {Health emergencies,Brazil,Zika virus,Gender inequality,Intersectionality},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Intersectional inequality and health emergencies: The case of the Zika outbreak in Brazil},
  year         = {2017},
}