Happy New Year to all Somatosphere readers! Hopefully you were able to take a break and came back refreshed and ready to tackle your reading list. Not sure where to start? Start here with the In the Journals December recap. Owing to its length, the round-up is divided into two separate posts. Find the second half here.
Health, Risk & Society
Towards a better understanding of risk-taking: key concepts, dimensions and perspectives
Jens O. Zinn
The current study of risk is dominated by the risk minimisation approach that frames risk and risk-taking as something undesirable that should be avoided as much as possible. However, this approach to risk often fails to consider the broader conditions and motivations
Welcome to 2015 in reading! Below are interesting abstracts from current issues of medical anthropology journals.
Critical Public Health
The pedagogy of disgust: the ethical, moral and political implications of using disgust in public health campaigns
The developers of public health campaigns have often attempted to elicit disgust to persuade members of their target audiences to change their
This coming weekend I will attend the Reframing Disaster conference held under the auspices of the Postcolonial Disaster project at the University of Leeds. The conference motto is “disaster is not an event”, highlighting the processes and long-term consequences of catastrophes. I am leading a session on zine writing where we will collect offline and online voices on environmental justice. …
As a follow-up to Anna’s post, here are additional September articles of interest.
Anthropology and Medicine
Special Issue: Mediating Medical Technologies: Flows, Frictions and New Socialities
Medical technologies: flows, frictions and new socialities
Anita Hardon & Eileen Moyer
While social scientists often highlight the way medical technologies mediate biomedical hegemony, this special issue focuses on the creative and often
Climate change and human health is a topic of growing popularity and urgency in the public health community. In its draft twelfth working program the WHO repeatedly links climate change to negative health impacts, and the working group II report of the 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report dedicates a chapter to the effects of climate change …