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'We must put ourselves in the position of the subject who tries to find his way in this world, and we must remember, first of all, that the environment by which he is influenced and to which he adapts himself is his world, not the objective world of science.'

W.I. Thomas
and
F. Znaniecki

Qualitative Sociology Review
2005
Volume I Issue 2


Contributors


Barry Gibson (PhD) is a Lecturer in Medical Sociology at the Department of Oral Health and Development at the University of Sheffield. He has published articles in Sociology of Health and Illness, Social Science and Medicine and various dental Journals such as Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology and The Journal of Disability and Oral Health amongst others. He has a deep interest in classic grounded theory, social systems theory and research methodology. He is currently involved in studying the codification of quality of life and the new sociology of childhood in relation to children's 'voices' in the discipline of dentistry.

Contact: b.j.gibson@sheffield.ac.uk


Jane Gregory (PhD) is a Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health Medicine at Guy's King's and St Thomas' Medical School, Kings College, London. She has published in Social Science and Medicine and her work currently involves studying the phenomenology of chronic illness associated with forms of ethnicity.

Contact: jane.gregory@kcl.ac.uk


Peter G Robinson (PhD) is a Professor in Dental Public Health and Head of Department at the Department of Oral Health and Development University of Sheffield. He has published widely in clinical dentistry and dental public health. His areas of research include the evaluation of dental care using randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews, the use of oral health related quality of life data, response shift and professional and workforce related changes in dentistry.

Contact: peter.g.robinson@sheffield.ac.uk


Pirkkoliisa Ahponen (PhD) is a professor of Social Policy at the University of Joensuu, Finland. She is specialised in way of life -studies, cultural policy and social theory, dealing currently with problems of politics of culture, cultural and social border-crossings and interpretations on how the relation between membership and otherness is reflexively constructed. She participates in the work of ISA, being an active member of Alienation Theory and Research-group. Recently she has discussed the liminal situation of migrants between alienation identification as based on their autobiographies.

Contact: Pirkkoliisa.Ahponen@joensuu.fi


Tim J. Berard (PhD) is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Kent State University, Ohio, USA. He has published on issues and figures in social theory with journals including Theory, Culture & Society, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Human Studies, and Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. His current work involves a critical reconsideration of 'labeling' practices and labeling theory in the sociology of deviance and the philosophy of the social sciences, and he is continuing a study of the relations between social practices and social structures with reference to discrimination disputes as socio-linguistic, socio-legal, and social-structural phenomena.

Contact: tjberard@alumni.reed.edu


Constantinos N Phellas (PhD) is currently an associate professor in the School of Humanities at Intercollege, Nicosia, Cyprus. His research interests include sexualities, HIV/AIDS, public health and health promotion and education and the construction of sexual and cultural identities among ethnic minority communities. His publications focus on the intersection of gender and ethnicity and on the use of qualitative and quantitative methods in researching sexualities. He is also the director of a Research Unit in Behaviour and Social Issues (RUBSI) - an NGO based at Intercollege. The unit is currently involved in two research projects funded by the Cypriot Government on HIV/AIDS and the social aspects of diabetes in Cyprus and one project on gender discrimination funded by EU.

Contact: phellas.c@intercollege.ac.cy


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