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BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY GROUP ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS

BSA MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY GROUP ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th September 2014

Aston University, Birmingham

We look forward to welcoming you to our 46th Annual Conference.

We are pleased to announce Professor Arthur Frank University of Calgary and Dr.Tiago Moreira, Durham University have agreed to be our plenary speakers at the 2014 conference.

We welcome abstract submissions for oral presentation, poster presentations and symposia / special events structured around the stream which are listed below, however to accommodate increasing numbers of abstracts and to ensure more people have the opportunity to present and share their work with the medical sociology community, we will be trialling some new formats for oral papers during the 2014 conference.  This may include traditional formats such as round table discussions as well as more creative approaches, so presenters have the opportunity to discuss ideas ranging from initial thoughts through to completed studies. We would particularly encourage presenters wishing to present ‘work in progress’ to indicate this on their abstract submission. We look forward to providing you with more details about this in the coming months.

Strands:

1. Citizenship and health

2. Complementary and alternative medicines

3. Critical public health

4. Embodiment and emotion

5. Ethics

6. Ethnicity

7. Experiences of health and illness

8. Gender

9. Health policy

10. Health care organisation

11. Health service delivery

12. Inequalities

13. Lifecourse – reproductive health; chronic conditions; ageing; death and dying

14. Mental Health

15. Methods

16. Open

17. Patient – professional interaction

18. Pharmaceuticals

19. Politics of health

20. Professions

21. Risk

22. Screening and diagnosis

23. STS and medicine

24. Teaching medical sociology

25. Theory

Further details and abstract submission forms are available from: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/medsoc-annual-conference.aspx and events@britsoc.org.uk

The abstract submission deadline is 17th April 2014.

Abstracts received after this date will not be considered.

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 12th MAY 2013

EVENTS

BRIEFING ON P3S AND AUSTERITY
Thursday, May 9
10:30am
OFL Building, Toronto
15 Gervais Drive, 8th floor boardroom

You are invited to join a briefing by health policy expert Dr. John Lister on the P3 disasters in England, the austerity agenda and the response of the unions and civil society organizations.

Dr. Lister will provide a briefing on the latest news as six large hospital trusts face bankruptcy due to their P3 payment obligations, the British government has moved to underwrite the P3 schemes to keep them afloat and the fight-back against austerity continues.

Dr. Lister is a professor of health policy and health journalism at Coventry University in the U.K. He is also the executive director of London Health Emergency — the British equivalent to the Health Coalitions — and one of the founders of Save Our NHS. Dr. Lister is the author of two books on international health reform. He is an expert on P3s and health policy reform. He has written a number of reports and analyses on British health reform for media, unions and civil society organizations.

Please let us know if you intend to attend this briefing at ohc@sympatico.ca
Ontario Health Coalition – http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca

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GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY GENERAL MEETING

Saturday May 11
10am
Steelworkers’ Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto

The goals of the Assembly are:
* To bring together activists within the broad working class movement, to explore the experiences and approaches to struggle that both unite and divide us as a starting point for overcoming divisions and building greater collaboration, exchange, strategic discussion and action amongst us.
* To share our understanding of the problems created by capitalism and the current economic crisis and the need to develop alternative visions that challenge the logic and power of private corporations, and the states that back them, over our lives.
* To identify and develop concrete strategies and organizational forms of struggle which defend working-class people’s immediate needs and lay the groundwork for an equitable and democratic alternative to our present economic and political system.

http://www.workersassembly.ca/node/219

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FILM: BUTTERFLIES ON THE SCAFFOLD / MARIPOSAS EN EL ANDAMIO (DRAG CULTURE IN CUBA)

1995, 75 min. film on transgender life in Cuba

Wednesday, May 22
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The 519 Church Community Centre, Room 301
Toronto

Discussion to follow screening of film.
All welcome, free of charge, light refreshments served, donations welcome, TTC tokens available.

Sponsored by LGBTI/Allies Rainbow Sea of Red Open Collective and endorsed by CUPE and CAW locals in Toronto, Canada-Cuba Friendship Association and other social justice groups in the GTA.

You are welcome to attend our meetings every 4th Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. at The 519 Community Centre.

For more information: seaofredopencollective@gmail.com

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CONCERT: SONGS OF LOVE, HOPE, AND OPTIMISM WITH COMMON THREAD CHORUS

Saturday, May 25
1:30 and 7:30 pm
Al Green Theatre
750 Spadina Avenue (Spadina subway)
Toronto

Local social justice choir Common Thread Community Chorus celebrates late NDP leader Jack Layton’s parting message of love, hope and optimism in its annual fundraiser concert.

The choir will be commemorating its 14th year by selecting songs that strongly reflect Layton’s letter to the Canadian public two days before he passed away on August 22, 2011.

Ticket Info:
In advance: $18 Adults, $13 Seniors/Students, Kids 8 and under FREE
At door: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students
Pay What You Can
Group rates available

Advanced tickets through PayPal at info@commonthreadchorus.ca

PH: 416-410-5022   http://commonthreadchorus.ca/

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URBAN WORKER CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Thursday, May 23
7:00 pm
The Common
1080 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Join MP Andrew Cash and MPP Jonah Schein at the launch of the Urban Worker campaign.

There will be music from great local musicians and refreshments.

It used to be that when you started your working career you could work the same job until you retired, usually with a workplace pension. Today’s reality of work has fundamentally changed yet our policies, especially Employment Insurance and pensions, remain stuck in the past.

Nearly 50% of Torontonians can’t find permanent, full-time jobs that provide benefits and job-security. I hear about this all the time in our community because so many of us work part time, on contract, freelance or are self-employed. We are a city of web designers and roofers, musicians and consultants, office cleaners and waiters, service sector workers and contract professors. We all face the same issues.

I’m proud to announce that this spring I will introduce a bill in the House of Commons that lays out measures to protect, among others, those who have no pension, those who have never been able to qualify for EI, and those who are working unpaid internships. On May 23rd, I’ll be launching this bill at the Common on Bloor. I hope you can stop by to show your support, hear more about the bill and share your experience as an Urban Worker.

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO: MEXICAN WORKER-RUN TIRE FACTORY A SUCCESS

By Oscar León, The Real News

Union wins years long struggle against vulture capitalists and now helms one of Mexico’s most successful tire factories

Watch the video: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10179

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PRIVATE MONEY, PUBLIC PROGRAMS? THERE WILL ALWAYS BE STRINGS

By Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute

In response to the perpetual shortage of funding for a wide range of social needs, Ottawa just announced its commitment to the use of social impact bonds.  The emerging sphere of social finance throughout the world opens many new fiscal doors. Social finance is a term that refers to a range of instruments, including social impact bonds, which blend public and private money to tackle tough social problems.

The potential problem with social impact bonds is not the fact that they bring private capital into the social equation.  The primary concern with this instrument is the obsession with quantifiable performance outcomes. These expectations can lead to perverse outcomes, such as selecting the
participants most likely to succeed in a program rather than the ones who need most help.  The question of whose benefits are being measured must also be considered.  Finally, patient capital is required in order to achieve real social change.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1010ENG.pdf

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POVERTY FREE ONTARIO ON THE 2013 ONTARIO BUDGET

Budget provisions inadequate but . . . community gets government attention on single adults

After several years of community advocacy, the Ontario Government finally acknowledged in its 2013 Budget that single adults on social assistance are living in especially severe conditions of hardship and hunger. Once again, the Government adjusted social assistance rates by 1%, the current rate of inflation, but added a $14 top-up for single adults without children on Ontario Works.

Community advocates for a poverty-free Ontario have been campaigning since 2009 for benefit increases that would begin to relieve the tremendous deprivation of single adults living in deep poverty at less than 40% of the official Ontario poverty line. They can finally claim a clear breakthrough with the Government on the plight of single adults, even if the actual rate increases this year are not at the level needed.

Contending that the Government was taking a “balanced approach” to achieving “prosperity” and “fairness,” Finance Minister Charles Sousa actually tips the balance in the direction of continuing austerity.

Read more: http://www.spno.ca/latest/poverty-free-ontario-on-the-2013-ontario-budget

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CHICAGO WORKERS OPEN NEW COOPERATIVELY OWNED FACTORY FIVE YEARS AFTER REPUBLIC WINDOWS OCCUPATION

By Democracy Now!
Almost a year to the day after their window factory closed, a group of former workers have launched their own window business without bosses. They successfully raised money to buy the factory collectively and run it democratically. In 2008, some of the workers were involved in a famous six-day sit-in after Republic Windows and Doors gave workers just three days’ notice before closing the factory. The sit-in drew national attention and union workers reached a settlement where they each received $6,000. About 65 workers occupied the factory after their jobs came under threat
again in 2012, refusing to give up their jobs.

Read more: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/9/chicago_workers_open_new_cooperatively_owned

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FERNWOOD PUBLISHING SPRING OVERVIEW

Happy spring everyone! And of course, Happy May Day! Things have been incredibly busy here at Fernwood, and we’ve even added some new staff members to our family. Aside from making new personnel feel at home, we’ve been working hard at getting our Spring 2013 books out on the shelves (most of which are available now), organizing author speaking tours, attending conferences and, of course, getting prepared for our Fall 2013 line-up.

And oh, while we’ve got you, our Spring and Fall 2013 Catalogues are available to download right here, or if you’d like physical copies, get in touch with us at info@fernpub.ca and we’ll get them out to you right away.

Visit the website: http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/
Download the catalogues: http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/page/Catalogues

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JUST PUBLISHED – THE GLOBAL LABOUR MOVEMENT: AN INTRODUCTION

A short guide to the Global Union Federations, the ITUC, and other international bodies

Authored by Edd Mustill, introduction by Eric Lee

Tens of millions of workers around the world are affiliated, through their union membership, to one of the global union federations (GUFs). These international unions cover every industry, from transport to finance to public services. They work to support their affiliates throughout the world, providing support during industrial disputes, training union members, and bringing pressure to bear on multinationals and governments.

This book serves as a short introduction to the GUFs, as well as the International Trade Union Confederation, and a starting point for union members who want to learn more about the international dimension of our movement.

Publication Date: Apr 25 2013
ISBN/EAN13: 1484165764 / 9781484165768
$5.99

Order from the publisher: https://www.createspace.com/4252731

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800 DEAD IN BANGLADESH: FIGHT GLOBAL CAPITALISM WITH INTERNATIONAL WORKING CLASS UNITY

By Richard Mellor, Facts for Working People

I’m having a hard time figuring out where to start this morning.  I need to control my anger after reading the introductory paragraph to this article in Bloomberg Businessweek, a major journal of the US capitalist class.

“Bangladesh’s billion dollar garment industry provides opportunities for millions of poor, illiterate women,” BW writes.  Indeed it does.  The death toll from last month’s catastrophe when a building housing several factories collapsed has topped 800. When opportunity knocks it knocks hard in Bangladesh. It also has its dangers the article confesses.  The nation is a “paradox” BW argues. Is that what you call it?

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2013/05/800-dead-in-bangladesh-fight-global.html

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Medical Sociology

Medical Sociology

BSA MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY GROUP ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013 – CALL FOR PAPERS

British Sociological Association

MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY GROUP

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013

Call for Papers

Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th September 2013

University of York

 

We look forward to welcoming you to our 45th Annual Conference.

We are pleased to announce Professor Catherine Pope University of Southampton, Professor Sarah Cunningham – Burley, University of Edinburgh have agreed to be our plenary speakers at the 2013 conference.

 

Papers, posters and other forms of presentation will be structured around streams that include:

1.                 Cancer

2.                 Citizenship and health

3.                 Complementary and alternative medicines

4.                 Critical public health

5.                 Embodiment and emotion

6.                 Ethics

7.                 Ethnicity

8.                 Experiences of health and illness

9.                 Evidence

10.               Gender

11.               Health policy

12.               Health service delivery

13.               Health care organisation

14.               Individual, Collective and Global Risk

15.               Inequalities

16.               Lifecourse – reproductive health; chronic conditions; ageing; death and dying

17.               Mental Health

18.               Methods

19.               Open

20.               Patient – professional interaction

21.               Pharmaceuticals

22.               Politics of health

23.               Professions

24.               Risk

25.               Screening and diagnosis

26.               STS and medicine

27.               Theory

28.               Teaching Medical Sociology

 

We welcome abstract submissions for oral presentations, poster presentations and symposia/special events

Further details and abstract submission forms are available from: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/medsoc-annual-conference.aspx and events@britsoc.org.uk

The abstract submission deadline is 26th April 2013.

Abstracts received after this date will not be considered.

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Medical Sociology

Medical Sociology

BSA MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY GROUP ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012 – FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

British Sociological Association

MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY GROUP

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012

Final Call for Papers

Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th September 2012

University of Leicester

 We look forward to welcoming you to our 44th Annual Conference.

 We are pleased to announce Kathy Charmaz, Sonoma State University, San Franciscoand David Armstrong, King’s College London have agreed to be our plenary speakers at the 2012 conference.

Papers, posters and other forms of presentation will be structured around streams that include:

1.       Cancer

2.       Citizenship and health

3.       Complementary and alternative medicines

4.       Critical public health

5.       Embodiment and emotion

6.       Ethics

7.       Ethnicity

8.       Experiences of health and illness

9.       Evidence

10.   Gender

11.   Health policy

12.   Health service delivery

13.   Health care organisation

14.   Screening and diagnosis

15.   STS and medicine

16.   Individual, collective and global risk

17.   Inequalities

18.   Life course – reproductive health: chronic conditions: ageing; death and dying

19.   Mental health

20.   Methods

21.   Patient – professional interaction

22.   Pharmaceuticals

23.   Politics of health

24.   Professions

25.   Theory

26.    Open

 

We welcome abstract submissions for oral presentations, poster presentations and symposia/special events

Further details and abstract submission form available from: www.britsoc.co.uk/events/medsoc and events@britsoc.org.uk

The abstract submission deadline is 20th April 2012.

Abstracts received after this date will not be considered.

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Health

BODY WORK IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Call for Papers

BSA Ageing Body and Society Study Group Conference: Body Work in Health and Social Care

British Library Conference Centre,London

Tuesday 6th September 2011

Supported by the SHI Foundation and the British Library.

 

This day conference seeks to extend and deepen interest in the concept of ‘body work’ – understood here as work focusing on the bodies of others, typically undertaken in a paid context. As such it is a component in a range of occupations in health and social care, and beyond. We invite abstracts for papers that address the relevance of ‘body work’ to the sociology of health, illness and care, and to policy debates in these areas. Research on body work and ageing, including the experience of both providers and recipients of body work, is particularly welcome. We are also keen to include papers that draw comparisons with other areas of work such as personal services like hairdressing or sex work. Papers addressing methodological issues in studying body work (including, for instance, ethical questions, or the use of visual representations) are also welcome.

Topics of interest include:

  • The transformation and discipline of the body through health, care, and death work
  • The role of gender, class and racialisation on constructions of body work and body work interactions
  • The temporal and spatial organization of body work
  • Recruitment and training for body work and the embodied practitioner
  • Emotion, touch and reflexivity
  • Power, intimacy, and vulnerability
  • Dirty work and abjection
  • Formal and informal resistance by practitioners or patients or clients
  • The political economy of body work provision and its transformation over time

The Conference is organised by the BSA Ageing, Body and Society Study Group and supported by the Sociology of Health and Illness Foundation. It marks the publication of the recent Special Issue of Sociology of Health and Illness and the forthcoming monograph Body Work in Health and Social Care.  see (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/shil.2011.33.issue-2/issuetoc).

Co-ordinators: Professor Julia Twigg (Kent), Dr Carol Wolkowitz (Warwick), Dr Rachel Cohen (Surrey) Dr Sarah Nettleton (York), and Dr Wendy Martin (Brunel).

Abstracts for papers and posters: max 250 words should be submitted by 27 June 2011 online at http://bsas.esithosting.co.uk/public/abstract/eventAbstract.aspx?id=EVT10136. Acceptance confirmation by 12 July. Programme online from 22 July.

Registration:  £45 BSA members, £85 non-members, £35 postgraduates. Fee includes buffet lunch, refreshments and wine reception in the early evening. Online registration at www.britsoc.co.uk/events/ageing. For further information email conference@britsoc.org.uk

Join the Ageing, Body and Society Study Group: The group organises seminars, workshops conferences and other events. New members, including students, welcome. Information on how to join: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/specialisms/AgeingBodyandSociety.htm

 

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Andrew Lansley

ANDREW LANSLEY RAP

This is great! A tremendous rap from MC NxtGen.

It gets the message across really well: Save the National Health Service!

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl1jPqqTdNo

See also the article ‘Health minister takes the rap as hip-hop attack on NHS white paper goes viral’ by Esther Addley in ‘The Guardian’ today: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/mar/25/andrew-lansley-rap-mc-nxtgen
 

MC NxtGen at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/McNxtgen 

Glenn

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Marketisation of Higher Education

MARKETS AND THE LIMITS OF DEMOCRACY: TWO TALKS BY COLIN LEYS

Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

Markets and the Limits of Democracy: two talks by Colin Leys

At a time of rapid and controversial reform of Britain’s public sector, Goldsmiths’ Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy organizes two public talks with Colin Leys (Goldsmiths and Queens University, Ontario). Professor Leys is the author of Market-Driven Politics (Verso 2000) and the co-author with Stewart Player of The Plot Against the NHS (Merlin 2011) and Confuse and Conceal: The NHS and Independent Treatment Centres (Merlin 2008).

www.gold.ac.uk/global-media-democracy/events/

Thursday 3 March 2011 – The Plot against the NHS
Without putting choice to the electorate or the parliament the coalition government is reforming the NHS to achieve an ‘improved productivity and efficiency’. Is the UK heading towards a privatised US-style healthcare market?

Karen Jennings of UNISON will be responding to Professor Leys’ talk.
6.30-8pm Richard Hoggart Building (Main Building) Room 309

Thursday 10 March 2011 – Why was Karl Polanyi wrong? Have we seen the last of social democracy?
Taking the debate to a broader historical and theoretical level, this talk discusses Karl Polanyi’s view in 1944 that capital would never again be allowed to be ‘self-regulating’: is the truth the opposite, that capital will never again be regulated by collective political action?

Gareth Dale of Brunel University and Fran Tonkiss from LSE will be responding to Professor Leys’ talk.
5.30-7pm Richard Hoggart Building (Main Building) Room 309

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