Health and Population

2017 Sep 22

Adam Lippert: Early-life correlates and stress-related implications of work-family circumstances among young adult women

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies presentation by Adam Lippert, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Lippert is a sociologist and demographer whose research is centered on three aims: (1) understanding the role that...

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2017 Apr 27

Antonio Maturo: Self tracking, digital-based narratives of mental health and the ‘endoptikon’. How quantification and gamification promotes biomedicalization

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

William James Hall 1550

A Special Talk on Biomedicalization by Antonio Maturo Associate Professor at the Sociology Department, Università di Bologna and Regular Visiting Professor at Brown University.

 

Abstract:

 

Conrad (2007) defined medicalization as the extension of medical frames in everyday life and in human conditions not viewed as pathological until that moment. According to him the (interrelated) engines of medicalization are:   economic forces,  proliferation of diagnosis, consumerism and the organization of care. According to Clarke et al. (2009),...

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We are sicker when we live in stingier societies

March 2, 2017

People living in the United States today live lives that are sicker and end earlier than people living in other high-income countries.  The facts are described in two recent reports [https://www.nap.edu/catalog/13497/us-health-in-international-perspective-shorter-lives-poorer-health and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK62369/] sponsored by the National Academy of Science. Jason Beckfield has joined sociologists, demographers, and epidemiologists in ongoing efforts to explain the growing US health disadvantage, and he recently published a new study in Social Science & Medicine that shows US life expectancy would be approximately 3-5 years longer if the US were not a social policy laggard.

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