Kirsten Bell

I am a social anthropologist by training, and originally conducted fieldwork on new religious movements in South Korea.  I continued to work in this area until 2005, but over the past ten years have moved exclusively into the anthropology and sociology of biomedicine and public health.  My current research interests coalesce around the concepts of health and lifestyle and their connection with the social, moral, political and economic order.  I have also developed a recent interest in the production of scientific knowledge.  These underlying interests manifest in several distinct (and occasionally intersecting) areas of research and writing, including: tobacco, cancer, addiction, genital cutting, obesity and research ethics.  Prior to arriving in Canada in 2006, I held lectureships in anthropology departments at Macquarie University in Australia (2003-2005) and the University of Northern Colorado (2000-2002).

 

I am a social anthropologist by training, and originally conducted fieldwork on new religious movements in South Korea. I continued to work in this area until 2005, but over the past ten years have moved exclusively into the anthropology and sociology of biomedicine and public health. My current research interests coalesce around the concepts of health and lifestyle and their connection with the social, moral, political and economic order. I have also developed a recent interest in the production of scientific knowledge. These underlying interests manifest in several distinct (and occasionally intersecting) areas of research and writing, including: tobacco, cancer, addiction, genital cutting, obesity and research ethics. Prior to arriving in Canada in 2006, I held lectureships in anthropology departments at Macquarie University in Australia (2003-2005) and the University of Northern Colorado (2000-2002).

Books
• 2016. (with Ciara Kierans and Carol Kingdon) Social and Cultural Perspectives on Health, Technology and Medicine: Old Concepts, New Problems. London: Routledge.
• 2016. Health and Other Unassailable Values: Reconfigurations of Health, Evidence and Ethics. London: Routledge.
• 2011. (with Darlene McNaughton and Amy Salmon, eds) Alcohol, Tobacco and Obesity: Morality, Mortality and the New Public Health. London: Routledge.

Special issues
• 2015. (with Gerry Stimson, ed). Nicotine: Science, regulation and policy. Special issue of International Journal of Drug Policy 26(6).
• 2013. (with Simone Dennis, ed) Towards a critical anthropology of smoking: Exploring the consequences of tobacco control. Special issue of Contemporary Drug Problems, 40(1).
• 2011. (with Amy Salmon and Darlene McNaughton, eds) Alcohol, tobacco, obesity and the new public health. Critical Public Health, 21(1,2).

Selected Articles
• 2015. Journal standards and their stories, or, a trip down the rabbit hole. Medicine Anthropology Theory, 2(3): 185-192.
• 2015. (with Simone Dennis, Jude Robinson and Roland Moore) Does the hand that controls the cigarette packet rule the smoker? Findings from ethnographic interviews with smokers in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA. Social Science and Medicine, 142: 136-144.
• 2015. (with Rebecca Haines-Saah and Simone Dennis) A qualitative content analysis of health warning labels on cigarette packaging in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA. American Journal of Public Health, 105(2): e61-e69.
• 2015. Thwarting the diseased will: Ulysses contracts, the self and addiction. Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry 39(3): 280-298.
• 2015. (with Svetlana Ristovski-Slijepcevic) Communicating ‘evidence’: Lifestyle, cancer and the promise of a disease-free future. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 29(2): 216-236.
• 2014. (with Helen Keane) All gates lead to smoking: the ‘gateway theory’, e-cigarettes and the remaking of nicotine. Social Science & Medicine, 119: 45-52.
• 2014. The breast-cancer-ization of cancer survivorship: Implications for experiences of the disease. Social Science & Medicine, 110: 56-63.
• 2014. Resisting commensurability: Against informed consent as an anthropological virtue. American Anthropologist, 116(3): 511-522.
• 2014. HIV prevention: Making male circumcision the ‘right’ tool for the job. Global Public Health, available in early view form.
• 2014. Science, policy and the rise of ‘thirdhand smoke’ as a public health issue. Health, Risk & Society, 16(2): 154-170.
• 2013. Biomarkers, the molecular gaze and the transformation of cancer survivorship. BioSocieties, 8: 124-143.
• 2013. Tobacco control, harm reduction and the problem of pleasure. Drugs & Alcohol Today, 13(2): 111-118.
• 2013. Where there’s smoke there’s fire: Outdoor smoking bans and claims to public space. Contemporary Drug Problems, 40(1): 99-128.
• 2013. Whither tobacco studies? Sociology Compass, 7(1): 34-44.
• 2012. Remaking the self: Trauma, teachable moments and the biopolitics of cancer survivorship. Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry, 36(4): 584-600.
• 2012. Cochrane reviews and the behavioural turn in evidence-based medicine. Health Sociology Review, 21(3): 313-321.
• 2012. (with Helen Keane) Nicotine control: E-cigarettes, smoking and addiction. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23(3): 242-247.
• 2011. (with Amy Salmon) What women who use drugs have to say about ethical research: Findings of an exploratory qualitative study. JERHRE: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 6(4): 84-98.
• 2011. (with Svetlana Ristovski-Slijepcevic) Metastatic cancer and mothering: Being a mother in the face of a contracted future. Medical Anthropology, 30(6): 629-649.
• 2011. Legislating abjection? Secondhand smoke, tobacco control policy and the public’s health. Critical Public Health, 21(1): 49-62.
• 2010. (with Lucy McCullough, Amy Salmon and Jennifer Bell) ‘Every space is claimed’: Smokers’ experiences of tobacco denormalisation. Sociology of Health & Illness, 32(6): 1-16.
• 2010. Cancer survivorship, mor(t)ality, and lifestyle discourses on cancer prevention. Sociology of Health & Illness, 32(3): 349-364.
• 2009. (with Darlene McNaughton and Amy Salmon) Medicine, morality and mothering: Public health discourses on foetal alcohol exposure, smoking around children and childhood overnutrition. Critical Public Health, 19(2): 155-170.
• 2009. ‘If it almost kills you that means it’s working’: Cultural models of chemotherapy expressed in a cancer support group. Social Science & Medicine, 68: 169-176.
• 2009. (with Amy Salmon) Pain, physical dependence, and pseudoaddiction: Redefining addiction for ‘nice’ people? International Journal of Drug Policy, 20: 170-178.
• 2007. (with Darlene McNaughton) Feminism and the invisible fat man. Body & Society, 13(1): 108-132.
• 2005. Genital cutting and western discourses on sexuality. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 19(2): 125-148.