Health, Illness, Medicine and Risk

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 46 (Main Building)
TG04 Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (host committee)

Language: English

Risk, as a force of social change, can be seen to actively shape our concept of health, responsibility, trust and our relationship to experts and technology. This occurs in the face of the breakdown of traditional norms, beliefs and expectations which in turn is said to free the individual from these “constraints” and allows more flexibility in the life course. At the same time it burdens and shackles the individual with choices and responsibilities by exchanging the constraints of traditional commitments to those of the labour market and consumerism. 
The proposed session seeks to examine the impact of this re-embedding by exploring the increased dependence upon fashion, social policy, economic cycles and markets on issues of health and illness. These themes can provide insight into behaviours and attitudes of individuals in relation to health and illness, particularly in contemporary Western societies where health status can be argued to be a central theme of existence.
Session Organizer:
Alphia POSSAMAI-INESEDY, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Alphia POSSAMAI-INESEDY, University of Western Sydney, Australia
From Risk to Uncertainty in Emerging Treatment Markets: A Sociological Analysis
Alan PETERSEN, Monash University, Australia; Casimir MACGREGOR, Monash University, Australia; Christine PARKER, Monash University, Australia
It's a Small World after All: The Nature of Risk and Science
Kristin BARKER, University of New Mexico, USA; Ryeora CHOE, University of New Mexico, USA; Keith WILKINS, University of New Mexico, USA; R. Neil GREENE, University of New Mexico, USA; Alexis MACLENNAN, University of New Mexico, USA
Securing Futures in Cancer Research: Harnessing Risk and Negotiating Boundaries.
Alexandra HILLMAN, Wiserd, Cardiff University, United Kingdom; Jamie LEWIS, Cardiff University, United Kingdom