Last month we launched a new medical sociology blog the 'Cost of Living'
(http://www.cost-ofliving.net/). The title 'Cost of Living' reflects the
changing social and political (as well as economic) costs that are
associated with health, health care provision and welfare in the 21st
It is our intention that the blog should be accessible to as wide a
readership as possible. We are working in collaboration with the Medical
Sociology Group of the British Sociological Association to provide this
blog forum to enable engaged academics and members of the public to
comment and reflect upon health issues of the day.
The blog is aimed at all of those with an interest in the politics,
economics and sociology of health and health care. We will provide a
vibrant mix of topical comment pieces, analytical features, and
contemporary reviews, related to health, medicine and health care.
We believe that the strength of 'Cost of Living' lies in our unique
blend of interdisciplinary perspectives on issues of concern as related
to health and medicine (drawing together Sociologists, Anthropologists,
Media and Communication specialists, Historians of medicine, Economists,
Public Health professionals and others).
Since the launch we have had features, and comments on:
Badgers, TB and Uncertainty
Contingency, technology and NHS working
Privatisation and the Health and Social Care Act
Ethics, rationing and blind decisions
Zoonotic Disease and public health
Shock advertising and public health
Jeremy Hunt and the Health and Social Care Act
Cycling, cars and health
Gender and sexuality in 'Homeland'
Sunlight, Health and skin cancer
The Social Care Act and the protection of employment rights
The poly-pill and medication compliance
Heart disease and population risk treatment
Infection and Zombies
Nurses and graduate education
We have also had contemporary reviews of exhibitions, television and
We are currently seeking contributions from authors. If you wish to
write a brief piece for us (350-1000 words) please see the author
guidelines on the site. Also feel free to contact one of us to discuss
Please forward this message to other lists and individuals who may be
interested. You can also follow us on twitter - @Cost_ofLiving
All the best,
The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).