This special issue of Health Sociology Review (ISBN 0-977524-25-6) is based on a workshop held in Sydney in June 2006 which was sponsored by the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, with further support from the Social Justice Social Change Research Centre of the University of Western Sydney. Entitled ‘Risking Birth: Culture, Technology and Politics in 21st Century Maternity Care’, the workshop brought together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and health professionals to discuss the salience of contemporary social theory to the politics of maternity care provision. Central to much of the debate was an exploration of the social and cultural factors which contribute to the current dilemmas facing maternity services within Australia – rising rates of costly technological intervention in the physiological processes of pregnancy and childbirth, staffing problems, and changes in professional roles and in models of service delivery. Despite the many governmental enquiries, subsequent recommendations and policy proposals, intervention rates have continued to climb to the point where some predict that, in a few years, a generation of healthy women will be having most of their babies by surgical means.
On many criteria, Australia has been a pioneering democracy. As one of the oldest continuing democracies, however, a health check has long been overdue. Since 2002 the Democratic Audit of Australia, a major democracy assessment project, has been applying an internationally tested set of indicators to Australian political institutions and practices. The indicators derive from […]
A fascinating insight into what Australians think about contemporary political and social issues using data collected from the inaugural Australian Survey of Social Attitudes on the expressed opinions of some 4300 Australian adults. An excellent resource for students, teachers, researchers and policy makers, and for anyone interested in understanding the social dynamics of contemporary Australia.
As China becomes more and more market-oriented, the spatial development dilemmas it encounters are more and more like those one finds in capitalist nations. This book, an updated edition of China’s spatial economy (OUP 1990), both illustrates and examines the growing differences between and within the increasingly diverse regions of China. The contributors to this […]