Topical Collection "Justice in Sexual and Reproductive Health: An Intersectional Approach"

A topical collection in Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This collection belongs to the section "Social Stratification and Inequality".

Editors

Dr. Violeta Alarcão
E-Mail Website1 Website2
Guest Editor
1. Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia, Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Avenida das Forças Armadas, 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal
2. Instituto de Saúde Ambiental (ISAMB), Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, 1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: health inequalities; social determinants of health; sexual and reproductive health and rights; life-course and well-being; social justice
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Dr. Sónia Cardoso Pintassilgo
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia, 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: demography; sociology of population; sociology of birth and motherhood
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Dr. Pedro Candeias
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Instituto de Saúde Ambiental (ISAMB), Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Avenida Egas Moniz, 1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: international migration and ethnic minorities

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Peoples’ sexual and reproductive health is influenced by different factors and at multiple levels. Nevertheless, scientific evidence regarding the social, cultural and structural factors influencing sexual and reproductive health within an intersectional approach to gender, age, class, and race/ethnicity is still missing. The examination of various social interactions at the local, national and global levels are of extreme importance to understand continuity and change in sexual and reproductive health and rights frames. Ensuring the needs, experiences and expectations of most marginalized groups are taken into consideration is one way of contributing to address disparities in realizing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights, leaving no one behind. Papers are expected to contribute to the growing body of knowledge based on the frameworks of justice and equity, and intersectionality, and enable us to envision a society in which power and privileges are redistributed. We encourage new ways of thinking about how sexual and reproductive health link with gender, age, class, nationality, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical ability, or other status or modes of social belonging. We welcome original and review articles based on a comprehensive systematic search of the literature from different research fields that engage these issues based on empirical studies and/or theoretical analysis. We invite papers that integrate intersectionality and power relations to reveal meaningful distinctions and similarities to overcome discriminations and enable all people to fully enjoy their sexual and reproductive rights.

Dr. Violeta Alarcão
Dr. Sónia Cardoso Pintassilgo
Dr. Pedro Candeias
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the collection website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Social Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • health equity
  • gender equality
  • intersectionality
  • sexual and reproductive health and rights

Published Papers (4 papers)

2022

Jump to: 2021

Article
Becoming a Migrant Mother: An Intersectional Approach to the Narratives of Cape Verdean Women in Portugal
Soc. Sci. 2022, 11(2), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11020055 - 29 Jan 2022
Viewed by 924
Abstract
Becoming a mother in the context of migration configures itself as a dynamic process of identity constitution that raises questions about citizenship, belonging, and migration policies. Furthermore, it is a process that involves a new set of maternal positions and practices that are [...] Read more.
Becoming a mother in the context of migration configures itself as a dynamic process of identity constitution that raises questions about citizenship, belonging, and migration policies. Furthermore, it is a process that involves a new set of maternal positions and practices that are composed through possibly conflicting cultural values. Based on the occurrence of unplanned pregnancies, this study sought to analyze the dimensions crossed by this event through an intersectional perspective of the narratives of Cape Verdean immigrant women who had children in Portugal, focusing on gender, migration, race/ethnicity. In-depth interviews were conducted with nine women, born in Cape Verde and residing in Greater Lisbon, through the Biographic-Narrative Interpretative Method (BNIM), which enabled an approach to the different dimensions that intersect in life stories of becoming an immigrant mother. Thematic analysis was chosen as an analytical tool, and the framework provided by intersectionality allows us to see the multiple identities that shape the processes of becoming a migrant mother. The results brought to light themes and issues that overlap and make motherhood more complex in the context of migration, highlighting and reinforcing the conditions of inequality. Full article
Article
On Regret: A Sociological Intersectional Approach
Soc. Sci. 2022, 11(2), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11020050 - 28 Jan 2022
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 854
Abstract
Regret is more than just an individual cognitive and emotional phenomenon, and it can, and should, be seen as social and cultural as well. Because of this, regret can tell us a lot, both about someone’s biography, and about the society and culture [...] Read more.
Regret is more than just an individual cognitive and emotional phenomenon, and it can, and should, be seen as social and cultural as well. Because of this, regret can tell us a lot, both about someone’s biography, and about the society and culture that shape it. In this brief reflection, the aim is to look at regret as a phenomenon worthy of sociological focus. We focus on three main ways in which regret can be understood as a sociological object: regret as a part of someone’s biography, regret as something that is culturally shaped, and regret as a part of collective memory. We also explore the potentialities of using an intersectional framework to analyze regret in its different forms. Full article

2021

Jump to: 2022

Article
A Manifest against the Homogenisation of Childbirth Experiences: Preserving Subjectiveness in a Large Dataset of the «Babies Born Better» Survey
Soc. Sci. 2021, 10(10), 388; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10100388 - 13 Oct 2021
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 1690
Abstract
The Babies Born Better international project aimed at surveying women’s experience in childbirth, privileging the qualitative description of this experience. It was translated into several languages and, in each country, there were different strategies for data analysis. However, analysing a qualitative dataset of [...] Read more.
The Babies Born Better international project aimed at surveying women’s experience in childbirth, privileging the qualitative description of this experience. It was translated into several languages and, in each country, there were different strategies for data analysis. However, analysing a qualitative dataset of this dimension, without completely transforming qualitative into quantitative data, poses practical challenges to researchers. Thus, in this article, we aim to explore the potential of using a qualitative data analysis software to avoid homogenising women’s experiences and preserve the subjectivity of responses in the analysis of open-ended questions of the B3 survey. We focused on the Portuguese version of the survey, reporting a thematic, computer assisted qualitative data analysis of 1348 responses. The software acted as a mediator of the researchers’ analysis and interpretation, beyond classical content analysis, without converting qualitative into quantitative data through plain word count. Exploring new possibilities of interpreting not only the meaning, but the relations between categories, may expand the scope of qualitative data analysis. However, we argue that the use of a software should not be overvalued, as such strategy should always remain as subsidiary to the researcher’s subjective interpretation of data. Full article
Show Figures

Figure 1

Review
Intersections of Immigration and Sexual/Reproductive Health: An Umbrella Literature Review with a Focus on Health Equity
Soc. Sci. 2021, 10(2), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10020063 - 09 Feb 2021
Cited by 5 | Viewed by 2737
Abstract
Identifying the opportunities and barriers of promoting and fulfilling the sexual health rights of migrants remains a challenge that requires systematic assessment. Such an assessment would include estimating the influence of acculturation processes on sexual and reproductive health, and mapping intersectional inequities that [...] Read more.
Identifying the opportunities and barriers of promoting and fulfilling the sexual health rights of migrants remains a challenge that requires systematic assessment. Such an assessment would include estimating the influence of acculturation processes on sexual and reproductive health, and mapping intersectional inequities that influence migrants’ sexual and reproductive health in comparison with the native population. The aim of this research was to locate, select, and critically assess/summarize scientific evidence regarding the social, cultural, and structural factors influencing migrants’ sexual and reproductive health outcomes in comparison with native population. An umbrella review of systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses, following preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analysis (PRISMA) standards was undertaken. Medline, Scopus, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews were searched from their start date until June 2019. The quality of the included articles was determined using the assessment of multiple systematic reviews tool (AMSTAR 2). From the 36 selected studies, only 12 compared migrant with native populations. Overall, the findings indicated that migrants tend to underuse maternal health services and have an increased risk of poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Specific intersectional inequities were identified and discussed. Full article
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop