XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Sociology on the move, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010


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Research Committee on
Sociology of Health RC15

Programme Coordinator
Ellen Annandale, University of Leicester, UK, eca7@le.ac.uk

Congress Programme

Sessions descriptions

Session 1: The impact of stigma on health and access to healthcare. Part I
Organizers: Cecilia Benoit, University of Victoria, Canada, cbenoit@uvic.ca and
Mikael Jansson, University of Victoria, Canada, mjansson@uvic.ca
Research shows that stigma, the co-occurrence of labelling, stereotyping, discrimination and status loss, often operates as a master status overpowering other dimensions of self identity. Multiple stigmas may also intersect in individuals marginalized by race, ethnicity, class and gender, because of a physical or mental disability or association with drug use, HIV/AIDS or prostitution, among other discredited statuses. Stigmatization has been shown to be closely associated with access to social, economic and political power. This session will consider theoretical and empirical explanations of the negative impact of stigma on health and access to health services, as well as policy strategies to reduce these debilitating effects.

Session 2: Sociological aspects of HIV and AIDS
Organizer: Leah Gilbert, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Leah.Gilbert@wits.ac.za
In line with the World Congress theme ‘Sociology on the move’, this session will explore sociological contributions to the understanding of some of the social dimensions of HIV/AIDS. Papers covering various aspects of HIV/AIDS on a range of topics such as prevention, treatment, care and their impact on society would be welcome.

Session 3: Health, illness and embodiment
Organizer: Laura Hurd Clarke, University of British Columbia, Canada, laura.hurd.clarke@ubc.ca
Papers that critically examine embodiment and the disciplining of the body in relation to health and illness are invited.  Papers might address (but are not limited to) the role of technology, challenges to embodied identity, the negotiation of social norms such as healthism, and the lived experience of a particular disease or illness.

Session 4: Cross cultural bioethics
Organizers: Kristina Orfali, Columbia University, USA, ko2145@columbia.edu
and Raymond DeVries, University of Michigan, USA, rdevries@umich.edu
Medical research and clinical care pose complex ethical issues for citizens in both the industrialized and the developing world.   Varied economic, political, social, cultural and historical contexts shape the definitions and proposed solutions to these ethical problems.   The broad theme of this session is the history, evolution, and social functions of bioethics work around the globe and across cultures.

Session 5: Medications and social logics
Organizers: Noémia Lopes, Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz,
Portugal, noemia.lopes@iscte.pt and Jonathan Gabe, London University, UK,  j.gabe@rhul.ac.uk
Papers are welcomed which reflect upon the new social logic of the pharmacologisation of modern societies and the growing search for natural therapeutical products in relation to health. This includes both theoretical reflections on pharmacologisation as well as empirical papers on the nature of the social processes related to this new logic of health and body management in specific national and the international contexts.

Session 6: Women’s health and health risks in an unequal world
Joint session of RC15 Sociology of Health [host committee] and RC32 Women in Society

Session 7: Social class and health inequality
Organizer: Ellen Annandale, University of Leicester, UK eca7@le.ac.uk
Given the wealth of research that now exists on the association of class and health it is appropriate to ask questions such as: how adequate are existing theoretical frameworks for the analysis of the class-health relationship? How useful has research been for tackling health inequalities in different national contexts? And how should research now move forward? Both theoretical and empirical (quantitative and qualitative) papers on this theme are welcomed.

Session 8: Epidemics and pandemics
Organizer: Robert Dingwall, University of Nottingham, UK, Robert.dingwall@nottingham.ac.uk
Many national and international actors, both public and private, are reviewing their preparedness for the next influenza pandemic.  Sociologists are involved in discussions about potential organizational, policy and ethical responses.  This session is an opportunity to share ideas and experiences, and to consider what lessons may be learned from previous epidemics and pandemics. 

Session 9: Remaking the health professional workforce. Part I
Joint session of RC15 Sociology of Health [host committee] and RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups

Session 10: Health behaviours. Part I
Organizer: Jennie Kronenfeld, Arizona State University, USA, jennie.kronenfeld@asu.edu
Papers that relate to many aspects of health behavior, including preventive health behaviors and behavior linked to utilization of the health care delivery system are appropriate. Papers could be data-oriented and examine social factors linked to positive or negative health behaviors or relationships between social factors and use of health care services, or explore theoretical aspects of health behaviors.

Session 11: Health behaviours. Part II
Organizer: Jennie Kronenfeld, Arizona State University, USA jennie.kronenfeld@asu.edu

Session 12: Transformations of  health policy
Organizer: Viola Burau, Aarhus University, Denmark, viola@ps.au.dk and Ellen Kuhlmann, Bath University, UK, e.c.kuhlmann@bath.ac.uk
Health policy across countries is subject to wide-ranging transformations, rooted in the modernisation of healthcare. Governance arrangements are emerging that go beyond the traditional health care state, including partnership working, marketisation and increasing managerial control. The session welcomes papers which examine transformations of health policy at international, national and local levels, especially from a comparative perspective.

Session 13: Health workforce governance on the move
Organizer: Stephanie Short, University of Sydney, Australia, s.short@usyd.edu.au
Health workforce governance brings together sociological interest in education, regulation and access to health care and secondly, crosses jurisdictions (with the workforce ‘on the move’). This session offers a governance perspective to address these twin challenges. It will be of interest to scholars from source and recipient countries. I am particularly keen to address challenges that arise from the migration of the health workforce within and across jurisdictions, locally, nationally and internationally.

Session 14: The global impact of U.S medical sociology: for good or ill?
Organiser: William Cockerham, University of Alabama-Birmingham, USA, wcocker@uab.edu

Session 15: Contextes nationaux et développement des sociologies de la santé / National contexts and the development of sociologies of health
Organizers: Isabelle Feroni, Institut National de al Santé at de al Recherche Médicale, France, isabelle.feroni@inserm.fr and and Marcel Calvez, Université de Rennes 2, France, marcel.calvez@univ-rennes2.fr
La sociologie de la santé s’est développée à la croisée de débats scientifiques à l'intérieur de la sociologie et de réalités institutionnelles relatives à la santé. Elle se différencie ainsi d’un pays à l’autre en fonction de contextes académiques et des questions sanitaires qui ont favorisé ses possibilités de développement. L’objectif de la session est de discuter de cette diversité des sociologies de la santé en s’intéressant aux paradigmes et aux concepts qui les structurent, et à leurs contextes nationaux de formation et de validation académique.
Sociology of health has developed at the intersection of scientific debates inside sociology and of institutional realities related to health. Therefore, it differs between countries according to academic contexts and to health issues that have favoured the possibilities of its development. The objective of the session is to discuss the diversity of the sociologies of health by focusing on paradigms and concepts and on the national contexts of their formation and academic validation.

Session 16: Health sociology on the move: new theoretical directions
Session on the conference theme
Organiser: William Cockerham, University of Alabama-Birmingham, USA, wcocker@uab.edu

Session 17: Business Meeting
followed by reception

Session 18: Women, reproductive health and embodiment
Organiser: Laura Hurd Clarke, University of British Columbia, Canada laura.hurd.clarke@ubc.ca

Session 19: The impact of stigma on health and access to healthcare. Part II
Organisers: Cecilia Benoit, University of Victoria, Canada cbenoit@uvic.ca and Mikael Jansson, University of Victoria, Canada mjansson@uvic.ca
Chair :Ivy Bourgeault

Joint sessions hosted by other RC

Joint session: Remaking the health professional workforce. Part II
Joint session of RC15 Sociology of Health and RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups [host committee]

Join session: Leisure: A pathway to health and happiness
Joint session of RC13 Sociology of Leisure [host committee] and RC15 Sociology of Health


Integrative session 7: Narratives, citizenship, health, and social change
Thursday, July 15, 08:30-10:30
Integrative session of Research Committees RC05 Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations, RC15 Sociology of Health, RC38 Biography and Society