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 currently the co-editor of the journal Critical Public Health, and a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Drug Policy and Drugs and Alcohol Today, and an international editorial advisor for Health, Risk and Society.

 

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Research Projects

Current
• Confronting cigarette packaging: the ethics and effects of fear-based warning labels (funded by CIHR operating grant)
• Between life and death: the contradictions of cancer survivorship (funded by SSHRC operating grant)

Recent
• Critically interrogating cancer survivorship: Social science and humanities perspectives (funded by CIHR Meetings, Planning & Dissemination Grant)’.
• Alcohol, tobacco and obesity: Interrogating the new public health’s “Axis of Evil” (BC Mental Health & Addictions Research Network Seed Grant/CIHR MPD Grant)
• Rights, risks and smoking (funded by CIHR Ethics Seed Grant)

Selected Publications

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 currently the co-editor of the journal Critical Public Health, and a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Drug Policy and Drugs and Alcohol Today, and an international editorial advisor for Health, Risk and Society.

Please refer to https://ubc.academia.edu/KirstenBell for a full list of publications.

Books
• 2016, under contract. 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, forthcoming (with Gerry Stimson, ed). Nicotine: Science, regulation and policy. Special issue of International Journal of Drug Policy.
• 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. Thwarting the diseased will: Ulysses contracts, the self and addiction. Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry, available in early view form.
• 2015. (with Svetlana Ristovski-Slijepcevic) Communicating ‘evidence’: Lifestyle, cancer and the promise of a disease-free future. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, available in early view form.
• 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.

Winter 2014

ANTH516 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology Sections

A discussion of selected methods used to observe, describe, and interpret cultural phenomena and social organization, including participant observation, interviewing, ethnographic semantics, life histories, componential analysis, and photography. Attention will also be given to ethics in anthropological research and writing and to such analytic matters as the nature of description, conceptualization, generalization, and content analysis.