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Contagion; changing masculinity in retail

Laurie Taylor explores contagion and how commerce spreads disease. Plus, do young men working in retail represent a new model of masculinity?

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.

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28 minutes

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



  • Wed 9 Jan 2013 16:00
  • Mon 14 Jan 2013 00:15

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