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“Caring for ‘Super‐utilizers’: Neoliberal Social Assistance in the Safety‐net”

November 8, 2018

In their new article in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Mark Fleming and Janet Shim (and their co-authors) present their ethnographic research on health care providers in safety‐net settings and how they navigate and deploy expansions of care and social assistance for vulnerable people, particularly those who receive repeated, high‐cost medical interventions yet at the same time lack the basic resources for survival, including housing, food, and psychosocial support. Fleming and Shim are affiliated with ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.

2019 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize

November 6, 2018

Nominations due January 7, 2019

ISSI is now accepting nominations for the FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize. The award of $2,500 honors an outstanding young social change activist/scholar in California whose work transforms the existing social landscape and serves as a bridge between the academy and the community. The Prize uses a nomination system, where someone other than the nominee identifies the nominee, their contributions, and the kinds of expertise they bring to understanding how change works. Nominations are due by 5pm on Jan. 7, 2019. Read more here.

Mini-grants for Right-Wing Studies

September 18, 2018

The Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies invites UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students to apply for small grants to assist with the development of student research projects on issues related to right-wing movements in the U.S. or other regions of the world. Applications are due on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4pm. Application and more details are available here.


Two New Peder Sather Center Awards for ISSI Affiliates

September 6, 2018

Two ISSI affiliates have received funding for their collaborative research projects with Norwegian colleagues. ISSI faculty member Seth Holmes will be researching “Transnational Migration and Inequality: Implications for Health and Health Services” with Norwegian scholar Heidi E. Fjeld. ISSI Senior Research Robin Marsh will be researching “Agriculture and Food Systems Sustainability in California and Norway at Farmer and Landscape Scales” with UCB professor Alastair Iles and Norwegian scholar Inger Måren, who was formerly a visiting scholar at ISSI.

New Chair for Center for Research on Social Change

August 22, 2018

Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare, is the new chair of ISSI’s Center for Research on Social Change. Her fields of interest include racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality. Her current research project is "Gender Dynamics and SNAP/CalFresh Enrollment among Immigrant Households in California." Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Professor Sacks spent nearly a decade in federal service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she honed her macro-practice skills in public health and social work. We welcome Professor Sacks to her new role and wish outgoing chair Chris Zepeda-Millán all the best in his new position at UCLA.


New Article on Media Coverage of Health Topics

July 16, 2018

Charles Briggs, ISSI faculty member in residence, has a new article in Somatosphere. “Breaking news! Big Shift in Biomediatization from ‘Swine Flu’ to H3N2 to the Trump Administration’s Attack on Breastfeeding” examines changes in media coverage of the flu from 2009 to 2018, finding that in 2018, “a wide range of disinterested and knowledgeable actors were promoting the circulation of legitimate biomedical knowledge.” He links this shift to the broader political context, including coverage of the Trump administration’s attack on the WHO breastfeeding policy.

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Nancy Scheper-Hughes on Pope Francis and Abortion

July 9, 2018

In this essay in the Boston Review, ISSI faculty affiliate and Professor Emerita Nancy Scheper-Hughes discusses Pope Francis and his silence on the Irish referendum on abortion, "Francis has yet to deal with women’s bodies and their messy reproductive dilemmas, especially for women in poverty."

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Congratulations to the KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize Honorees

July 1, 2018

Rassidatou Konate, Public Health major and Global Poverty and Practice minor, was awarded the 2018 KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize for her work to develop youth entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso. Her fellow undergraduates Marisa Ahmed, Alankrita Dayal, and Yvonne Dorantes were also honored for their work to increase opportunities for children and youth at the prize ceremony featuring a keynote by Cesar Cruz. Video of the ceremony is available here. More information about the honorees is available here.

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Innovations in Ethnographic Methodology

June 20, 2018

The latest issue of the journal Ethnography is a special issue, Innovations in Ethnographic Methodology, edited by Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Chair of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research (CER). The papers in the issue were originally presented at the CER symposium of the same name held in 2016. The articles cover topics including transparency, analyzing internet discourse, and new mixed-methods approaches.

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