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COVID-19: A rural perspective

COVID-19: A rural perspective

How do we live today in the age of coronavirus? One answer is that, of course, there is no “we,” other than for our leaders who proclaim that “we will beat it together”  and who misguidedly believe that “we can... More…
In lockdown with depression

In lockdown with depression

let’s not pass the buck onto families in the aftermath of COVID-19 Commentators are beginning to suggest that in the aftermath of COVID-19, we face a pandemic of mental illness. Countering this call to arms for psychiatry, others have emphasised... More…
Reasonable adjustments: work in the time of corona

Reasonable adjustments: work in the time of corona

Our universities have shut, and we do not know for how long. Many of us are adjusting to working remotely. The global pandemic of coronavirus is changing the way we interact socially, and changing the way we work. While employers... More…
Diary of a cough: meaning matters

Diary of a cough: meaning matters

I’ve had a cough for all of the year 2020. It started on January 1st,  after sharing Christmas meals and their preparation with an explosively sneezing brother.  In my family, we like to blame our infections on a particular person,... More…
COVID-19: A sociological critique

COVID-19: A sociological critique

The scale and rapidity of the global, national and local responses to the impact of COVID-19 are daunting, making it risky to comment in real-time. It is difficult to grasp all the fast-moving implications for societies as the crisis develops.... More…
COVID-19 Gallery

COVID-19 Gallery

As countries around the world go into lockdown because of COVID-19, we are devoting this weeks gallery to the ongoing crisis. This health crisis should, and will, have a massive effect on the future of the sociology of health and... More…
Gallery

Gallery

What we have seen this week Scary cover time? WannaCry infected laptop. This was the ransomware infection that got into the NHS digital systems, because they were running old Windows 7 that had not been updated (currently displayed at the... More…
Gallery

Gallery

We are trying something new on the ‘Cost of Living’ blog.  Every other week we will be running a gallery of things we have seen, watched or read that are in some way related to health.  Let us know what... More…
Alcoholics Abandoned: what now for Scotland’s low income problem drinkers?

Alcoholics Abandoned: what now for Scotland’s low income problem drinkers?

‘Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God’ Corinthians 6:10 Alcoholism is situated in a very particular place in relation to public opinion, health and social services and research. Though it is... More…
Who are you calling diseased?

Who are you calling diseased?

In Britain and elsewhere the so-called ‘obesity crisis’ is regularly headline news. Media coverage focuses on the health risks associated with higher BMIs and the financial implications of this for the National Health Service (NHS). People are encouraged to act... More…
Meat Matters

Meat Matters

On the limits of Veganuary and the Climate Emergency The popularity of Veganuary continues to grow. Around a quarter of a million people trying out a plant-based diet for the first few weeks of January in 2019 and even more... More…
Conservative plan for the NHS – but does it add up?

Conservative plan for the NHS – but does it add up?

In his first 100 days as prime minister, Boris Johnson made several pledges and confirmed those of the former PM Theresa May to support the NHS. Many of these feature in the Conservative Party manifesto, even though they have been... More…