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Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

BCSM is one of the founding partners of this new initiative to investigate human mobility, immigrants’ integration and the ways migration transforms societies around the world. The initiative seeks to bring together UC Berkeley faculty and students researching migration and leverage these connections for further innovation.


Award for BCSM Co-Chair Charles Briggs

Charles Briggs, Co-Chair of BCSM and Professor of Anthropology, was awarded the Graduate Student Mentor Award from Medical Anthropology Students Association, Society for Medical Anthropology.


Stress, Racism, and Newborn Health

Amani Nuru-Jeter, Associate Professor of Public Health and BCSM faculty affiliate, was interviewed by the news site Richmond Confidential about her research on chronic stress and racism. They featured her work in an in-depth article on racism and newborn health.


New Grant for BCSM Co-Chair Seth Holmes

The Open Society Foundations awarded a large research grant to Seth Holmes for his new project, "Social Medicine Case Series: Bringing Structural Frameworks to Global Public Health and Health Care." Holmes, Co-Chair of BCSM and Associate Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology, and co-PI Scott Stonington, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will commission and edit a series of case studies to communicate the macro structures affecting the health and well-being of patients in ways that will influence the programs, projects, and care provided by global health professionals. Each article will be co-authored by a clinician who will describe aspects of a clinical case and by a social medicine scholar who will analyze the case to bring out social structural insights vital to the understanding and practice of health care.


Videos and Photos Now Available from "Structural Competency: New Responses To Inequity And Discrimination In Health And Welfare"

In November of 2016, BCSM sponsored a conference on structural competency which drew standing room only crowds. This conference, the first focused on structural competency in the contexts of public health and social welfare, brought together national experts and local community organizations to imagine paths toward a more equal and healthy future.The photos from the conference are now available to view here. The conference was video-recorded, and the videos of the four sessions are available to view here.


New Book on Women's Empowerment and Global Health Co-Edited by BCSM Faculty Affliliate Shari Dworkin

Book CoverWomen's Empowerment and Global Health: A Twenty-First-Century Agenda (University of California Press 2016) is edited by Shari Dworkin, Monica Gandhi, and Paige Passano. The book presents thirteen multidisciplinary case studies that demonstrate how science and advocacy can be creatively merged to enhance the agency and status of women around the world. The book is complemented by videos that give background about programs in India, the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Shari Dworkin is Associate Dean & Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Francisco and an affilated faculty member with BCSM.

 


 New Article on MUNI Bus Drivers and Neoliberal Time Discipline

busMark Fleming, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and currently a visiting scholar at BCSM, has a new article, “Mass Transit Workers and Neoliberal Time Discipline in San Francisco,” in American Anthropologist. In the article, based on ethnographic research with bus drivers, he shows how “neoliberal time discipline works to delegitimize the wage labor contract itself and to fracture the social arrangements of long-term, waged employment.”


 Book Award for addicted.pregnant.poor by Kelly Knight

Book CoverCongratulations to Kelly Knight, BCSM faculty member and assistant professor of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at UCSF. Her book addicted.pregnant.poor (Duke University Press 2015) received the British Sociological Association’s Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness 2016 Book Award. The book is an ethnography of addicted, pregnant, and poor women living in daily-rent hotels in San Francisco's Mission district. During her four years of fieldwork Knight documented women’s struggles as they traveled from the street to the clinic, jail, and family court, and back to the hotels.


 "Making Health Public," New Book Co-Authored by BCSM Co-Chair

Book Cover--Making Health PublicCharles Briggs, BCSM Co-Chair, and Daniel Hallin examine the relationship between media and medicine in their new book, Making Health Public: How News Coverage Is Remaking Media, Medicine, and Contemporary Life (Routledge 2016). Drawing on media content analysis and ethnographic data, the authors highlight the role of news coverage in shaping our understandings of health and disease. Some of the themes of the book will be explored further in a BCSM conference to be held in February of 2017, "Circulating Health: Mediatization and the (Im)Mobilization of Medical Subjects and Objects."