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Contested vocabularies of birth violence
Rachelle Chadwick

mistreatment, disrespectful care, childbirth abuse, birth rape, traumatic birth, and obstetric violence. Literature on ‘traumatic birth’ has tended to explore distressing birth experiences in relation to privileged women in Euro-American settings. The controversial notion of ‘birth rape’ has been debated on social media sites, predominantly in relation to middle-class American birth experiences. Public health researchers have favoured the terms mistreatment, disrespectful care, and childbirth abuse. The concept of ‘obstetric violence’ is relatively new and has a distinctive

in Birth controlled
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Hindutva’s latest neo-eugenic repronational project
Vasudha Mohanka

the procedures involved as ‘scientific’, and the marketing of Ayurveda as inherently ‘eugenic’ reproduce the early Hindutva leaders’ ideals. The neo-eugenic agenda as part of the RSS’ Hindutva nationalist project to further a perfect ideal Aryan ‘race’ is demonstrated through visual imagery, language and symbolism in the social media platforms of the Ved Garbh Vigyan also known as Garbh Vigyan Sanskar programme. The deployment of Ayurvedic practices for eugenic means that are not coercive appeals to the market economy primarily paid for by the

in Birth controlled
Unpacking intentionality in obstetric violence
Sreeparna Chattopadhyay

, T. , Verweij , R. , Holten , L. , Kingma , E. , de Jonge , A. , and Verhoeven , C. JM. ( 2020 ). Left powerless: a qualitative social media content analysis of the Dutch #breakthesilence campaign on negative and traumatic experiences of labour and birth , PloS one 15 : 5 , e0233114

in Birth controlled
The historian’s dilemmas in a time of health-care reform
Beatrix Hoffman

writing for a broader readership. However, it is still hard to break into traditional media, so many scholars are now looking to electronic formats and social media to extend the audiences for their work. The website History News Network publishes brief pieces by historians offering historical perspectives on current events, including over a dozen posts on the ACA. The Philadelphia Inquirer has a blog entitled ‘The Public's Health’ that is

in Communicating the history of medicine
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Publics and their health – historical problems and perspectives
Alex Mold
Peder Clark
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Hannah J. Elizabeth

.), Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain , pp. 1–24; Axel Bruns and Tim Highfield, ‘Is Habermas on Twitter? Social Media and the Public Sphere’, in Axel Bruns, Gunn Enli, Eli Skogerbo, Anders Olof Larsson and Christian Christensen (eds), The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), pp. 56

in Publics and their health
Ludmilla Jordanova

already sensitized, through social media, for example, to many of the key issues. Since universities are sensitive to student demand, it is reasonable to assume that such options will continue to proliferate, and it is already evident that the medical humanities have been expanding at a considerable rate over the last 10 to 15 years. One way of interpreting this growth is that non-medical groups want to be a recognized part of medical communities

in Communicating the history of medicine
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Audiences and stakeholders in the history of medicine
Solveig Jülich
Sven Widmalm

history of medicine and its audiences is not only theoretical. It is, as Sappol and Koch both point out, a matter of practical concern for any academic who is interested in outreach, which is increasingly the case. Beatrix Hoffman's chapter focuses especially on this issue; she argues that it is important to think creatively about strategies that scholars can use (e.g., blogs and social media) in order to help correct myths and misinformation

in Communicating the history of medicine
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Jill Kirby

achieved by comparison with others so that income relative to others is more rewarding than absolute levels of income, as is rising social rank. Thus, people become trapped in ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ in order to feel good and, as Richard Layard has pointed out, television raises the standards of that comparison because the more television people watch the more they overestimate the affluence of other people. We might apply the same reasoning to the burgeoning use of the internet at the end of the century, and to social media subsequently. 90 Advertising and

in Feeling the strain
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Gareth Millward

against measles, with some even resorting to compulsion. 2 Both in academic and popular media, anti-vaccinationism has been blamed for these trends. In the global North, communities of activists, buoyed by the internet and social media, have caused headaches even in long-established public health systems. 3 Attacks on health workers in the twenty-first-century Global Polio Eradication Initiative showed that resistance to vaccines was still very much a live issue in low-income countries, too. 4 Even where the scientific case has been successfully made that vaccines

in Vaccinating Britain
Children, families and fatness in Ireland
Michelle Share
Perry Share

’. In the discourse of the pathological gambler prevalence study, notes Young, ‘politically it does not matter how accurate [the indicators] actually are … having an imperfect instrument plays the same role as a perfect one’. A similar observation can be made for BMI: its increasingly contentious status as a ‘health indicator’ has not diminished its power as it is circulated and recirculated through traditional and social media (such as the RTÉ television/radio/online product Operation Transformation, or newspaper ‘health’ supplements such as that referred to earlier

in Reframing health and health policy in Ireland