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Social Theory & Health
Palgrave Macmillan UK

Social Theory & Health

Editor: G. Scambler; P. Higgs; R. Graham; R. Levinson; G. Giarelli

ISSN: 1477-8211 (print version)
ISSN: 1477-822X (electronic version)

Journal no. 41285

Palgrave Macmillan UK


Welcome to Social Theory & Health, the home of theoretical reflection and debate on contemporary health issues.
Affiliated with the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS).

Did you present a paper at the ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna (July 10-14, 2016)? Was your paper related to theoretical issues and methodological problems in aging, health and life course? Then we’d like to hear from you!

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming special issue of STH entitled ‘Emerging Issues for a Global Health Sociology’, to be comprised of papers selected by the Global Health Sociology Network – a coordinated effort between the three official international associations (or sections of them) of Medical and Health Sociology: The International Sociological Association Research Committee 15 (ISA RC15) on Sociology of Health, the European Sociological Association Research Network 16 (ESA RN16) on Sociology of Health and Illness, and the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS).
The ISA RC15 will select papers on the sub-topic of ‘Aging, health and life course: theoretical issues and methodological problems’ from those presented at the ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna. The two selected papers will be selected by the ISA before being submitted to STH for double-blind peer review and examination according to the normal editorial policy and rules of the journal.
We invite ISA Forum participants to elaborate their papers according to the journal’s instructions for authors and send them accordingly to guido_giarelli@tin.it. The deadline for the submission of the paper is March 31, 2017.

Just published on the blog!

Recently published on the blog

Easing of US Trade Embargo, the Cuban Paradox, and Lessons in Health Care: A Natural Experiment by Christopher J. Fries, University of Manitoba, Canada
A Manifesto for Action Nursing by Benny Goodman, Lecturer in Nursing & Sociology, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Plymouth University

The Social Theory & Health blog has launched!

We are excited to announce a new feature of the journal: an online, open blog forum, to feature debate, opinion and conversations circulating around the many disciplines where health and social theory collide. We hope the blog will provide a space for responses to content published in Social theory & Health as well short pieces on topics not yet explored by the journal.
The Editors are pleased to invite blog contributions from health sociologists, psychologists and economists and to practitioners from medicine, nursing and other allied disciplines. Blog post submissions should be sent to: grahamscambler@hotmail.com.
ENTER THE FRAY AT https://socialtheoryhealth.wordpress.com/
See Professor Scambler’s introductory post here.

Social Theory & Health virtual issues

The Social Theory & Health editorial team are pleased to introduce a new feature of the journal: Virtual issues! Online only, covering hot topics in the field, we hope that you will enjoy this extra resource to hone in on specialised and specific areas within social theory and health!
The inaugural virtual issue tackles the topic of obesity. For full details of the aims of this issue, complete with a list of articles and free to view links to them, please click on the ‘Virtual Issues’ tab.

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    Social Theory & Health provides an international scholarly forum for theoretical reflection and debate on contemporary health issues, many of which bear directly on the planning and delivery of services. The journal aims to consolidate, refine and extend theoretically informed work on the role of health in modern societies.

    Interest in issues of theory and health now informs many academic and practice-oriented disciplines and crosses discipline boundaries. The Editors encourage contributions from all relevant disciplines, as well as from those involved directly in front-line treatment and care. Contributions from the developing world are particularly welcome. The journal aims to include contributions from all theoretical perspectives.

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