Gendering Drugs

Feminist Studies of Pharmaceuticals

  • Ericka Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ericka Johnson
    Pages 1-12
  3. Making Scientific and Medical Truths

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Ericka Johnson
      Pages 37-58
    3. Celia Roberts, Cron Cronshaw
      Pages 59-84
  4. Creating Subjectivities for “Patients” in Advertising

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Ericka Johnson, Cecilia Åsberg
      Pages 87-105
    3. Lisa Lindén
      Pages 107-126
  5. Different HPV Vaccines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Lisa Lindén, Sina Busse
      Pages 189-209
    3. Ericka Johnson
      Pages 211-222
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-232

About this book


This book, by bringing together critical pharmaceutical studies and feminist technoscience studies, explores the way drugs produce sexed and/or gendered identities for those who take – or resist – them, and how feminist technoscience studies can contribute a theoretical lens with which to observe sex and gender in the pharmaceuticalization processes. Topics explored in this diverse collection include the use of hormones to delay puberty onset for trans children; HPV vaccination against cervical cancer in Sweden, the UK, Austria and Colombia; Alzheimer’s discourses; and the medication of prostate issues. Ericka Johnson has brought together an innovative and timely collection that demonstrates gender as relevant in studies of pharmaceuticals, and provides multiple examples of methodological and theoretical tools to consider gender while studying drugs.


Medical sociology Health Gender Feminism STS Science and Technology Studies Pharmaceutical Studies Transgender HPV Vaccination Alzheimer's Discourse

Editors and affiliations

  • Ericka Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Technology and Social ChangeLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-51486-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-51487-1
  • Buy this book on publisher's site