Romantic relationships in a time of ‘cold intimacies’: a one day conference

Report by Lauren Palmer, Sociology Graduand.

This British Sociological Association Early Career workshop and networking event took place on 17th July 2017 at Canterbury Christ Church University. It focused on bringing together both newer and more established scholars who are currently working on research concerned with romantic couple relationships. Continue reading

Sociology Summer Internship – Wedding Discourses

By Tanya Portch.

When I saw the opportunity for a summer internship with a member of the Sociology team, I was eager to get involved. Having read Dr Julia Carter’s previous work on young women’s relationships, and in particular weddings, I was excited for the opportunity to assist a lecturer in their academic research. I was ecstatic when I got the call to say I had been accepted. Not only would I be studying an area that held personal interest for me, I would also be getting invaluable experience in terms of research, methodology and sociological analysis. Continue reading

Theorising medicine, race and knowledges

Over the Michaelmas term of this past academic Dr. Harshad Keval was on sabbatical. While he was missed by staff and students, he has certainly put the time to good use. He’s currently seeing the fruits of his academic labours which, unlike Sisyphus’, are paying off! Harshadhas spent his time writing a manuscript for publication with Palgrave on South Asians, health and constructions of risk amongst diabetes patients and he has also explored these themes his recent peer-reviewed papers.

He has a paper on discursive construction of risk amongst diabetes patients published in New Genetics & Society, arguing that contemporary medical perceptions and patterns of diagnosis demonstrate a radicalised understanding ‘genes’ and racial phenotypes, making South Asians victims of a discourse of belonging to medically ‘risky cultures’. And Harshad has continued to explore this radicalised understanding of health in contemporary medicine in another paper, co-authored with Asesha Morjaria-Keval in Religions, on Sikh spirituality and its alternative knowledges on alcohol recovery.

Alongside these empirically informed and theoretically situated articles on race, medicine and the handling of radicalised experience health services, Harshad has extended his work into the world of policy debate and public polemic, writing a guest editorial on the ‘magical disappearance’  of race from contemporary clinical psychology, published in Diversity and Equality in Health and Care as well as a paper charting the debates around multi-culturalism and inter-culturalism and the absence of race and class, published in New Diversities.