Graham Scambler

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Graham Scambler (born 1948) is a sociologist, specializing in medical sociology.

Sociology Scientific study of human society and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions

Sociology is the scientific study of society, patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture of everyday life. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, acceptance, and change or social evolution. While some sociologists conduct research that may be applied directly to social policy and welfare, others focus primarily on refining the theoretical understanding of social processes. Subject matter ranges from the micro-sociology level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and the social structure.

Medical sociology

Medical sociology is the sociological analysis of medical organizations and institutions; the production of knowledge and selection of methods, the actions and interactions of healthcare professionals, and the social or cultural effects of medical practice. The field commonly interacts with the sociology of knowledge, science and technology studies, and social epistemology. Medical sociologists are also interested in the qualitative experiences of patients, often working at the boundaries of public health, social work, demography and gerontology to explore phenomena at the intersection of the social and clinical sciences. Health disparities commonly relate to typical categories such as class and race. Objective sociological research findings quickly become a normative and political issue.


Life and work

Scambler completed a B.Sc in Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Surrey in 1971, followed by a Ph.D. in Sociology (supervised by George Brown at Bedford College, University of London. His PhD thesis was on the stigma experienced by adults with epilepsy living in the community. [1]

University of Surrey public research university located within the county town of Guildford, Surrey

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Bedford College was founded in London in 1849 as the first higher education college for women in the United Kingdom. In 1900, it became a constituent of the University of London. Having played a leading role in the advancement of women in higher education and in public life in general, it became fully coeducational in the 1960s. In 1985, Bedford College merged with Royal Holloway College, another constituent of the University of London, to form Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (RHBNC). This remains the official name, but it is commonly called Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL).

He was appointed Lecturer in Sociology at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in 1972-5. He then moved to the Middlesex Hospital Medical School from 1978-87 which became part of University College London (UCL). He was appointed Professor of Medical Sociology at UCL in 2001. He retired from UCL in 2013. [1]

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He is author or editor of several books and has written over 100 chapters and peer-reviewed papers. [2] He is founding co-editor of the international journal Social Theory and Health.



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  1. 1 2 "About". Graham Scambler. 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  2. "Iris View Profile - Graham Scambler". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  3. "Academy of Social Sciences Fellows" . Retrieved 17 April 2017.