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Visiting Fellows 2012-2013



Peggy Watson, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

"Women's Activism in a Context of Class Creation: the Case of Health Care Change in Poland"
Fellowship period: September 1– October 31, 2012

Peggy WatsonBiography:
Peggy Watson graduated in Psychology from Edinburgh University, and holds a PhD in the Sociology of Health and Illness from the University of Warwick. During the Cold War she worked at the Universities of Warsaw and Wrocław for five years. She is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and Director of Studies for Politics, Psychology and Sociology at Homerton College, Cambridge. She has published four books, the most recent of which is a collected volume entitled Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective (Routledge 2012). The book deals with the different processes that are involved when countries which are differently situated with respect to the international political economy instigate radical health care change. Dr Watson is the author of scholarly articles which have appeared in Social Science and Medicine, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Sociology, Gender and Education, Health and Place, Critical Social Policy, and New Left Review, among others. She is also the translator of ten works from the Polish. She has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and in 2012 was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation residency at the Bellagio Center, Italy.

Abstract of current research:
My current project draws on interview and documentary data collected over a number of years to analyse three fields of class formation in Poland. One refers to ‘the city’ as a site and language of class formation; the second focuses on mental health, while  the third looks at the relationship between mainstream feminism and class. I’ll be working on this last area during my time in Helsinki, using health and health care as a concrete referent.

Email: pw125[at]
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Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Meri Kulmala and Suvi Salmenniemi