CALL FOR PAPERS

European Sociological Association Conference, Murcia, Spain Sept 23-26 2003

 MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY AND HEALTH POLICY

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:
Defining health and illness
Factors affecting medicine and medical professionals
psych-social factors and health
Sex, gender and representations
Age and health

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:
Paper Title
Author(s)
Your e-mail
Your postal address
An Abstract of no more than 200 words

Abstracts should be sent by 31 January 2003 to:

Dr Ian Shaw
School of Sociology & Social Policy                                                      University of Nottingham

Nottingham NG7 2RD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 115 9515409
Fax: +44 115 9515232
E-mail : Ian.Shaw@nottingham.ac.uk


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

To provide a European forum for the development, discussion and dissemination of research in medical sociology and health policy
To facilitate comparative research, for example, by creating a database of European Researchers in this field.
To provide a point of reference for researchers in this field and to link with the medical sociology sections in the relevant national associations, as well as those in ESHMS.
To ensure an institutional context for workshops at future ESA conferences and for meetings between ESA conferences

  Planned Activities

  Initially

          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

 

Subsequently

          Organisation of interim conferences

          Create links with the medical sociology sections of national sociological associations.

 

Coordinator

Dr Ian Shaw
School of Sociology & Social Policy

University of Nottingham

Nottingham NG7 2RD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 115 9515409
Fax: +44 115 9515232
E-mail : Ian.Shaw@nottingham.ac.uk