Leicester lecturers edit special issue of prestigious journal

Posted by pt91 at Feb 28, 2012 03:20 PM |
The 18th Sociology of Health and Illness Monograph is edited by two lecturers from our Department of Health Sciences
Leicester lecturers edit special issue of prestigious journal

Dr Natalie Armstrong and Dr Helen Eborall.

The Sociology of Medical Screening: Critical Perspectives, New Directions, published online yesterday (27 February 2012), is edited by Dr Natalie Armstrong and Dr Helen Eborall – both from the Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) group, Department of Health Sciences.

The Sociology of Health and Illness Monograph series is published annually as a special issue of the journal. The series aims to identify and contribute to new areas of debate and research in the discipline and each collection is devoted to an important topic of current interest. 

There is an annual competition for proposals; Natalie and Helen’s proposal on the Sociology of Medical Screening won the competition for the 2012 edition.

As advancements in technology make it possible to screen for an increasing number of medical conditions, this key strategy of preventive medicine raises fundamental issues for sociological inquiry and creates the need for a cohesive and well-developed sociology of medical screening. The Sociology of Medical Screening: Critical Perspectives, New Directions presents an authoritative and up-to-date overview of the diverse sociological issues relating to population-based medical screening.

The Editors’ introductory chapter identifies the salient sociological questions pertinent to medical screening, reflects on the sociology of screening to date and sociology’s potential contribution to wider debates about screening, and finally presents possible future research directions. The next chapter presents a genealogy of screening and serves as an interesting accompaniment. 

Subsequent chapters present a collection of exciting new work that examines and demonstrates current sociological concerns from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. The Sociology of Medical Screening offers timely and important insights into the complex and myriad social implications of screening in the modern age.

A book version of the monograph, published by Wiley-Blackwell in August 2012, will be marked by a launch event on 4 September 2012 at John Foster Hall. This will feature presentations by authors of papers in the monograph and a panel discussion featuring sociologists and relevant stakeholders. More details are available from shimonograph@le.ac.uk

The Sociology of Medical Screening: Critical Perspectives, New Directions is available online.

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