Simon Cohn

Reader in Medical Anthropology

Affiliation

Centres

Research

My research to date has focused on issues related to diagnosis, contested conditions and chronic illness in the UK and other high-income societies. With a strong commitment to contemporary social theory, I am interested in how innovative social science might provide both critical insight and influence in aspects of contemporary biomedical practice.

Recently, I have become fascinated by the role of fluids, both inside and outside the body: how they relate to health, their general absence in medical anthropology and sociology accounts, and the extent to which their constant movement and flow might demand a new way to think about old problems. Work on blood & blood donation, the withdrawing of fluids at the end of life, and a new project on urinary incontinence are serving as introductory cases to think with.

 

I am the Faculty Reserach Degree Director and a member of the current ESRC Bloomsbury DTC Board. I am also manager of the School-wide network of social scientists, Kritikos.

Disciplines

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences

Other interests

  • Health Related Behaviour
  • Practice theory
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Social Relationships and Health
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology of Diagnosis
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