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Drugs for Life; Subcultural Identity

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 06 March 2013

Drugs for life - Laurie Taylor talks to the US anthropologist, Joseph Dumit, about his research into the burgeoning consumption of medicine in the US. Dumit did ethnographic research with drug company executives, marketers, researchers, doctors and patients, and assessed the industry's strategies for expanding their markets. He asks if the huge growth in medication ties us to a radically new conception of ourselves as intrinsically ill and need of treatment. Is this a uniquely American development or does it equally apply to the UK and beyond? He's joined by the British sociologist, John Abraham.

Also, hanging on to a subcultural identity in later life - we hear from listeners who still carry a torch for their youthful selves, be it as teds, mods, punks or goths....Professor Angela McRobbie analyses the phenomenon.

Producer: Chris Wilson.

  • Joseph Dumit

    Professor of Anthropology and Director of Science & Technology Studies, University of California, Davis

    Find out more about Joseph Dumit


    Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health
    Publisher: Duke University Press
    ISBN-10: 0822348713
    ISBN-13: 978-0822348719


  • John Abraham

    Professor of Sociology at King's College London

    Find out more about John Abraham


    Unhealthy Pharmaceutical Regulation: Innovation, Politics and Promissory Science
    John Abraham (Author), Courtney Davis (Author)
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    ISBN-10: 0230008666
    ISBN-13: 978-0230008663

  • Angela McRobbie

    Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London

    Find out more about Angela McRobbie


    The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change
    Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
    ISBN-10: 0761970622
    ISBN-13: 978-0761970620



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