Public lecture on public health

Posted by mjs76 at Oct 04, 2010 03:30 PM |
A free public lecture on Tuesday 5 October will explore how Governments affect public health through campaigns that exert moral pressure.

Professor Elizabeth Murphy from our Department of Sociology will speak on 'Quiet Coercions: Medicine, Motherhood and Morality’ which she explains as follows:

"Taking up Michel Foucault’s concept of ‘quiet coercions’, I shall examine the ways in which health-related lifestyle choices have become increasingly moralised so that failure to conform to expert advice about health-promoting behaviours raises questions about one’s standing as a fit and proper person.”

Professor Murphy is a Pro-Vice-Chancellor  of the University and Head of our College of Social Science. She is also a Trustee of the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.

The lecture, which is part of our Inaugural Lectures series, will take place at 5.30pm in the Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1. For more information or to confirm your attendence, please contact