At the beginning of November, I attended the Annual SSA conference (Society for the Studies of Addiction). Over a hundred experts of addiction attended. Ranging from scientists, biologists, medics, psychologists, sociologists to epidemiologists. But not limited to those from public health, policy, both quantitative (stats) and qualitative (interviews) research …… AND representatives of pharmaceutical companies. And finally, little medical historian me (representing my discipline on my lonesome). The Thursday began with a ‘Formal’ Addiction Debate…..
Previously, I have explained how sunbed consumption can create sensations of pleasure and ‘empowerment’ for users. Sunbeds can allow users to meet sociocultural expectations and indulge in ‘enjoyable sensual pleasures’ at the same time. But this post will illustrate a more complex scenario beyond the surface. Instead of accepting these reports at face value, we […]Read more "Part 2: ‘Beautiful and bronzed’ … BUT docile bodies?"
In this post, I argue that we should more critically reflect how we interpret a ‘natural’ or ‘artificial’ consumption when changing our own bodies, and especially when evaluating the bodies of others …Read more "‘Natural’ vs. ‘Artificial’: Our attitudes towards each category – are they easily segregated?"
Did you use a SUNBED/or visit TANNING PARLOURS in-between 1978-2000? Perhaps you worked in the sunbed industry, or know someone who did? The first year of my history PhD is almost over, so now I have to collect ‘real data’ for my second year at Warwick . Consequently, I have 3 aims for this very short […]Read more "TO MEN AND WOMEN – Do you recognise these Ads?"
This is a post about how to get YOUR knowledge OUT there. First, I will present an example to demonstrate WHY it is important to adapt writing styles to share information to new audiences. Followed by HOW? whilst acknowledging the limitations of ‘status’ or less contemporary subjects (but how to overcome this). And finally, I will provide a couple of reading suggestions.Read more "WHY it is important, and HOW to get your research out there (speaking to policy and public engagement)."
This post was inspired by Dr Kathryn Woods’ seminar last November at the CHM (the warm welcoming Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick). Woods as a colourful person, presented her research vibrantly. The seminar was titled: ‘No carrots, no carrots’: Hair colour, humoral medicine and social difference in early modern Britain’ (check out all her other […]Read more "Are stereotypes as bad as we think? And should we judge vanity (and those WHO judge) so harshly?"
Provocative questioning on whether MDMA/Ecstasy and Club culture is ‘liberating’, and how this ties in with gender normative practices.Read more "MDMA, Club Culture, and GENDER NORMATIVE PRACTICES."