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THINKING ALLOWED
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Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
08 October 2008
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DURKHEIM and FINANCIAL COLLAPSE
In his book Suicide, French sociologist Emile Durkheim discussed the nature and the consequences of economic crisis.  Steven Lukes, Professor of Sociology at New York University, debates Durkheim’s contention that the prospects created by economic disaster, like the current financial crisis, leads to an increase in misery and suicide.

OBESITY
Nowadays obesity is spoken in terms of an epidemic, and according to some scientists in the United States, to stay thin one should eat sensibly, exercise, but also wash their hands.  Like SARS, or bird flu or even bubonic plague, obesity is treated as a contagion and evidence is produced to support the assertion.
But is this disease model of obesity, and talk of the ‘Global Obesity Epidemic’ just the latest in a long line of strategies for shifting responsibility for being over weight away from individuals?  And is being fat always a bad thing anyway?  Sander L. Gilman is the author of a new book about attitudes towards fat. He joins Laurie Taylor and social anthropologist Henrietta Moore to discuss the cultural history of obesity.
Additional information:

Professor Steven Lukes

Professor of Sociology, New York University

Suicide

Emile Durkheim
Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition
ISBN-10: 0415278317
ISBN-13: 978-0415278317

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Emile Durkheim
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN-10: 0199540128
ISBN-13: 978-0199540129

Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work
Steven Lukes
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN-10: 0140550933
ISBN-13: 978-0140550931

Moral Relativism: Big Ideas/Small Books
Steven Lukes
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd (5 Feb 2009)
ISBN-10: 1846680093
ISBN-13: 978-1846680090

Professor Sander L. Gilman
Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University

Fat: A Cultural History of Obesity
Publisher: Polity Press
ISBN-10: 0745644414
ISBN-13: 978-0745644417

Henrietta Moore
William Wise Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Culture & Globalization Programme at LSE, and editor of Cultural Politics In A Global Age.

Cultural Politics in a Global Age: Uncertainty, Solidarity, and Innovation
by David Held (Author, Editor), Henrietta L. Moore (Editor)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN-10: 1851685502
ISBN-13: 978-1851685509

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