Think Piece

Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn – Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy: Conditionality, Activation and the Role of Psychology in UK Government Workfare Programmes

William Viney writes – This is the fifth and final post introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. In the last contribution to this special issue, Lynne Friedli Read more…

By mdiclhumanities, ago
CMH Publications

Published Today: ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, a special issue of BMJ’s Medical Humanities

It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of a special issue of Medical Humanities journal, edited by Centre for Medical Humanities researchers William Viney, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. Exploring the many valences of the word ‘critical’ across and beyond the medical humanities, the special collection champions Read more…

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Seminars and Lectures

Dr. Lynne Friedli – ‘Welfare Reform and the Rise of Psychological Fundamentalism: The Case of Workfare’ (Lecture, Durham, 7th May 2014)

This paper is concerned with growing influence of  psychology  and the role of psycho-policy in formulating and gaining consent for the current regime of welfare reform, notably in the roll out of the Department for Work and Pensions Workfare programme.  What emerges is the construction of a psychological ideal that Read more…

By mdiclhumanities, ago
Think Piece

Whistle While You Work (For Nothing): Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy – The Case of Workfare

In this post, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn look at the role of  psychological coercion, notably through the imposition of positive affect,  in UK Government workfare programmes. There has been little or no debate about the recruitment of psychology/psychologists into monitoring,  modifying and/or punishing  people who claim social security benefits. This Read more…

By mdiclhumanities, ago
Conferences and Symposiums

Call For Participants: ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, Durham University (4 & 5 November 2013)

Organisers:  Felicity Callard, Will Viney, Angela Woods (Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University) To mark the conclusion of Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities’ Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, we are hosting an intense, future-orientated and interdisciplinary symposium. We invite 50 applicants to join us at Durham University for a special, two-day Read more…

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Centre for Medical Humanities