CC's Vanessa Munoz from the Sociology Department will discuss her current research at the Block 5 Faculty lunch, Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Her talk is titled: Contesting Medicine, Managing Risk, and Preserving Childhoods in the Age of Medical Uncertainty.
Scholars note that medicine is increasingly focused on managing risk or preventing future ill health rather than treating existing symptoms and disease. Vanessa Munoz uses the case of childhood food allergies, a condition that is primarily about managing exposure to common foods, to examine people’s experiences with managing health risks in daily life. She draws from interviews with parents of children with food allergies and their medical providers as well as clinic and school observations to examine how caregivers balance medical uncertainty, social disruption, and risk in daily life.
Read some of her past publications:
Lareau, Annette and Vanessa Lopes Muñoz. 2017. “Conflict in Public Sociology”. The Sociological Quarterly 58(1): 19-23.
Lareau, Annette and Vanessa Lopes Muñoz. 2012. “‘You’re Not Going to Call the Shots’: Structural Conflicts Between the Principal and the PTO at a Suburban Public Elementary School.” Sociology of Education 85(3): 201-218.