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New Research in Quantified Self and Self-tracking

At the British Sociological Association Annual Conference which took place 23rd-25th April a panel session was organised by Mark Carrigan and Chris Till for the Quantified Self and Self-tracking research network which brings together academics investigating the use of methods for quantifying everyday activities of all kinds. Read Chris Till & Karen Throsby’s review of the panel here. Read more »

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A Review of the Gender and Disability: Asking Difficult Questions Conference

Alexa Athelstan reviews the Gender and Disability: Asking Difficult Questions conference, which was held on Saturday the 10th of May 2014, Sheffield University. Read more »

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A Systems of Provision Perspective on Obesity Media Rhetorics

Joanne Greenhalgh draws Ben Fine‘s ‘Systems of Provision’ approach to broaden our perspective of the culture of food consumption. Read more »

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Responsible Innovation in the UK and Brazil

Christopher Till reviews the March 2014 Responsible Innovation Workshop, hosted by the University of Campinas in, São Poalo, Brazil. Read more »

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A Great Day, a Vibrant Community. The BSA Yorkshire Medical Sociology Group Meets for the First Time

Read Ana Manzano’s review of the first BSA Yorkshire Medical Sociology Group Meeting which took place on the 24th of February 2014 at the University of Sheffield. Read more »

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“Tis the Season to be Hateful:” Critical Reflections on the New Year’s Anti-Obesity Media Rhetorics

“Every January, alongside the conventional “new year, new you” commercial rhetorics of the body management industry, comes an insistent flow of ‘obesity epidemic’ stories,” writes Dr. Karen Throsby. But are these rhetorics really beneficial for engendering positive well-being? Read Karen’s reflections here. Read more »

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Negotiating the NHS Ethics Process

Julia Swallow reflects on critiques of the process of gaining NHS ethical approval, in light of her overall positive, supportive and encouraging experience of undergoing NHS ethical approval during her PHD upgrade process. Read more »

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Review of Valuation as Practice

On 13-14 February 2014 I attended Valuation as Practice: International Research Symposium and Doctoral Masterclass at the University of Edinburgh.  The event was jointly organised by the ISSTI, University of Edinburgh and Department of Thematic Studies: Technology and Social Change, Linköping University and was supported by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Read more »

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Science, Medicine and Society in the White Rose Universities

It has been a busy and productive year for colleagues with interests in Science and Technology Studies and the Sociology of Medicine across the White Rose Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Here we recap on the events and activities of the year and look forward to 2014. Read more »

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Standard Mortality Rates: Do they help improve healthcare?

Joanne Greenhalgh draws on personal experience to reflect on the recent Keogh review and the role of Standard Mortality Rates in signalling the need for improved patient care. Read more »

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