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Drugs trial calamity - McCarthy stigma

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 06 October 2010

Professor Laurie Taylor looks at new research dealing with the McCarthy period in US History when actors and artists found themselves unable to work having been denounced or charged for having associations with communism. The stigma and the effect of the accusations is examined by Elizabeth Pontikes, author of 'Stained Red' and she discusses her detailed analysis of the work prospects of those associated with black listed actors and film workers in the US film Industry from 1945 to 1960. Laurie also talks to Professor Adam Hedgecoe about his sociological research into a drug trial that went disastrously wrong.
Producer: Chris Wilson.

  • Professor Adam Hedgecoe

    Associate Director Centre for Economic & Social Aspects of Genomics Cardiff University

    ‘A deviation from standard design’: organizational deviance, regulation and the TGN1412 trial
    By Adam Hedgecoe
    (not yet published)

    Find out more about Adam Hedgecoe
  • Elizabeth G. Pontikes

    Assistant Professor of Organizations and Strategy, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

    "Stained Red: A Study of Stigma by Association with Blacklisted Artists during the "Red Scare" in Hollywood, 1945-1960" (With Negro, G. and Rao, H.)
    American Sociological Review, 2010, 75(3) 456-478

    Find out more about Elizabeth G. Pontikes
  • Adam Kuper

    Visiting Professor of Anthropology at The London School of Economics and Political Science

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    “Each uneventful day that passes reinforces a steadily growing false sense of confidence that everything is all right – that I, we, my group must be OK because the way we did things today resulted in no adverse consequences.”
    by Scott Snook
    (Senior Lecturer in the Organizational Behavior unit at Harvard Business School )

    Scott Snook


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