Name: BSA London Medical Sociology Group.

Established: before 1985

Number of members: we have no formal membership, but normally 15-20
people attend our meetings; about half are BSA members.

Expenditure: 0.00

Income: 0.00

Aims: to disseminate new sociological knowledge, and encourage contacts
between those interested in medical sociology in London and the South-

Review of the year:
       Once again the London group continued to operate very successfully in 2007/8. Over
this period - as in previous years - our meetings have been extremely wide ranging in content,
with presentations on qualitative studies of TB adherence programmes; the relationship
between medical sociology and social gerontology; the politics of ‘right to health’;
telenursing as a professional project; decision-making in NICE; prayer and spiritual
narratives in coping with HIV; relationships with health professionals after stillbirth; research
ethics committees as technologies of trust; and social suffering. Our aim is to include
presenters at every stage of a medical sociological career, ranging from reports on Ph.D
research in progress to the analyses of those in professorial positions, and this was
successfully achieved in 2007/8. Each session ends with a social occasion in a convenient
local venue where the speaker can be informally questioned, useful information about people
or events transmitted, and recent matters of interest within the health and illness field (and
well beyond) discussed over food and drinks. Average attendance at our meetings seems to
be increasing, and regular attenders say they greatly value the regular opportunity to meet
people with similar sociological concerns.
       During the year we welcomed Annie Nixson and Iain Crinson to the committee.
Continuing members are Jacqueline Davies and Miranda Leontowitsch (Treasurer – currently
on maternity leave): their work is much valued by us all.
       We would like to thank Kings College London for waiving room charges for our

    Concluding remarks:

    We intend to have a full programme of meetings in 2009.

    Convenor contact details:

    Future meetings in 2008:
    King’s College London, Room 1.16, Franklin Wilkins Building, Stamford Street, London SE1
    6NN     at 6 -7 p.m.

12 March              Internet discussion boards: professional        Natalie Armstrong
                      and patient perspectives                        University of Warwick

9 April               Mapping the field of medical sociology:        Clive Seale
                      a comparative analysis of Sociology of         Brunel University
                      Health and Illness and related health and
                      sociology journals

14 May                Sociocultural processes of healing in          John Larsen
                      mental health services                         Rethink

11 June               Legitimacy chasing its own tail:               Patrick Brown
                      theorising clinical governance through a       University of Kent at
                      critique of instrumental reason                Canterbury

                                     Summer Break

8 Oct                 Stabilising health-related quality of life:    David Armstrong
                      1975-2005                                      King’s College

12 Nov                Conflicts thesis revisited: a case study       Vari Drennan
                      from primary care decision-making              Kingston and St
                      bodies                                         George's

10 Dec                Born criminals? Social and ethical             Ilina Singh
                      implications of research into genetics,        London School of
                      development and criminality                    Economics


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