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Understanding Difference

There is no algorithm for understanding gender, no list to memorize. We must challenge how we think and examine our assumptions and biases. We need to understand who we are and how that shapes the work we do. We need to understand and make room for difference.

In this section we will look to the humanities and to the social sciences to help us understand difference.

The language of the humanities and social sciences may be foreign to you. The next few pages will give you a chance to learn how other academic disciplines understand and take difference into account.  You may learn some new concepts and come away with new ways of thinking about things - keep your mind open.


We will conclude this section with a look at how medicine has approached difference and some ways that we can take difference into account.