CALL FOR PAPERS
The 2001 Helsinki sessions of the 'Medical Sociology' Research Network were successful and a summary document of key presentations are attached. At Murcia, we plan to continue some of the conversations that started in Helsinki. As a consequence we are now calling for PROPOSALS FOR PAPERS.
Initial themes are:
However, papers which do not fit directly
into these themes will also be welcome. Your proposal should be sent
initially as an ABSTRACT in the following format:
Abstracts should be sent by 31 January 2003 to:
Nottingham NG7 2RD
Medical Sociology and Health Policy
The study of medicine and health policy is a central concern of sociology. This is evidenced by the very active medical sociology sections within national sociological associations and the abundance of literature in the field. Research in social and cultural factors on health and upon comparative medical sociology and health policy is becoming well developed in Europe and this Research Network reflects this.
The Network embraces research on the impact of changing social and cultural factors on health as well as comparative study. It also encompasses theoretical as well as practical research. The Research Network also aims to enhance and obtain mutual benefit from cross-fertilisation with some of the ESAs other Research Networks (for example Sociology of the Professions and Social Policy).
The potential for this Research Network was evidenced at the Helsinki Conference in 2001. There were 34 paper abstracts submitted and the stream was consequently divided into six sessions. Each of these sessions was well attended by conference delegates. This Network emerged out of work at that conference and its formation was approved by the ESA early in 2002.
Aims of the proposed Research Network
· Creation of a comprehensive data base of European researchers in medical sociology and health policy
· Creation of an email discussion list and web site
· The dissemination of information about this Network to national sociological associations
· Organisation of interim conferences
· Create links with the medical sociology sections of national sociological associations.
Dr Ian Shaw
Nottingham NG7 2RD