Drugs for Life; Subcultural Identity
Laurie Taylor explores the growing medicalisation of our everyday lives. Also, hanging on to a subcultural identity when youth has passed.
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.
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
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
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