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Tooth Loss; Communist Utopia in a Spanish Village

Laurie Taylor hears about attempts to create an egalitarian community after the death of General Franco. Also, the meaning of tooth loss.

Communist 'utopia' in a Spanish village. Laurie Taylor talks to the writer, Dan Hancox, about his research into a tiny community in Andalucia which set out to create an egalitarian enclave after the demise of General Franco. Does the reality match the dream? They're joined by the social geographer, Helen Jarvis. Also, the health researcher, Nicolette Rousseau, discusses the experience and meaning of tooth loss and replacement.

Producer:Jayne Egerton.

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28 minutes

Nicolette Rousseau

Research Facilitator at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University



Find out more about Dr Nicolette Rousseau



Abstract: ‘Your whole life is lived through your teeth’: biographical disruption and experiences of tooth loss and replacement’
Rousseau, N., Steele, J., May, C. and Exley, C.
Sociology of Health & Illness
doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12080

Dan Hancox




Find out more about Dan Hancox



The Village Against the World
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN-10: 1781681309
ISBN-13: 978-1781681305

Helen Jarvis

Reader in Social Geography, Newcastle University



Find out more about Dr Helen Jarvis



Abstract: Against the 'tyranny' of single-family dwelling: insights from Christiania at 40
Journal: Gender, Place & Culture
Publisher: Routledge

Ethnography Award

Thinking Allowed in association with the British Sociological Association announces a new annual award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography: the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub-culture.


 Entries must be submitted by the CLOSING DATE of 30th November 2013


Are you involved in social science research and completing or will have completed an ethnography this year? The Award is open to any UK resident currently employed as a teacher or researcher or studying as a postgraduate in a UK institution of higher education.


An entry should be a completed ethnography, a qualitative research project which provides a detailed description of the practices of a group or culture. Any sole authored book or peer reviewed research article published during the calendar year of the award will be eligible.


The judges for the Award are Professor Dick Hobbs, Professor Henrietta Moore, Dr Louise Westmarland, Professor Bev Skeggs. The Chair is Professor Laurie Taylor. (Please do not contact any judges directly).



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  • Wed 4 Dec 2013 16:00
  • Mon 9 Dec 2013 00:15

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