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"At-risk? really? I think anyone can get it": bio-pedagogy, sexual health discourses, and African newcomer youth in Winnipeg, Canada

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dc.contributor.supervisor Frohlick, Susan (Anthropology) en_US
dc.contributor.author Odger, Allison
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-01T19:06:02Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-01T19:06:02Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/30703
dc.description.abstract In my thesis, I focus on the role that sexual health messages play in the lives of African newcomer teen girls and young women living in Winnipeg. The research question I ask is: How have sexual health discourses shaped my interlocutors’ experiences and perceptions of sex and sexuality upon settling in Canada? My work seeks to address the complexities of sexual health discourses through a feminist-poststructuralist framework that reveals the taken-for-granted and emphasizes how looking at the heterogeneity of these young women’s experiences of sex and sexuality can challenge universalizing public health discourses. Specifically, I utilize the concepts of risk, bio-pedagogy, and biological citizenship to better understand how health has become bound up with idea of being a “bio-citizen.” I conducted 13 ethnographic interviews with ten participants and utilized participant observation in the field. My research will allow us to question not only the importance placed on being “sexually healthy,” but also how these narrowly defined discourses effectively obfuscate other ways of thinking about sexual health. en_US
dc.subject Anthropology en_US
dc.subject Ethnography en_US
dc.subject African newcomer youth en_US
dc.subject Sexual health en_US
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en_US
dc.subject Sexual education en_US
dc.subject Discourse en_US
dc.title "At-risk? really? I think anyone can get it": bio-pedagogy, sexual health discourses, and African newcomer youth in Winnipeg, Canada en_US
dc.degree.discipline Anthropology en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Ibáñez-Carrasco, Francisco (Anthropology) McPhail, Deborah (Community Health Sciences) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2015 en_US


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