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Contagion; changing masculinity in retail

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 09 January 2013

Contagion - how commerce spreads disease. Laurie Taylor talks to Mark Harrison, Professor of the History of Medicine, about the close intertwining between trade and germs from the 14th century to today. His new book explores the development of public health in the Western world as well as the global misuse of quarantines for political ends. Also, young men working in retail. The sociologist, Steven Roberts' research finds evidence for a new and softer kind of masculinity. He's joined by Professor Valerie Walkerdine, who's documented the changing relationship between men and work in a post industrial economy.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Mark Harrison

    Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford


    Find out more about Mark Harrison



    Publisher: Yale University Press

    ISBN-10: 0300123574

    ISBN-13: 978-0300123579


  • Steven Roberts

    Lecturer in Social Policy and Sociology at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent


    Find out more about Dr Steven Roberts


    Paper 'Boys will be boys... won't they? Change and continuities in contemporary young working-class masculinities' published online Sociology


  • Valerie Walkerdine

    Professor of Psychology in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University


    Find out more about Valerie Walkerdine


    Gender, Work and Community After De-Industrialisation: A Psychosocial Approach to Affect

    Valerie Walkerdine (Author), Dr Luis Jimenez (Author)

    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

    ISBN-10: 0230247067

    ISBN-13: 978-0230247062




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