T: Health

Network T: Health

Please note: This network will be launched at the 2024 SASE conference.

The health of individuals and communities is produced in many ways by socioeconomic structures and processes. This network examines health from the perspective of socioeconomics, with particular attention to issues around inequality and inequity that shape the ability of patients to access healthcare and medicines. Our network focuses on four interrelated substantive and theoretical areas:

  1. Socioeconomic Production of Health: Examining the political economy of medicine, such as the development of new drugs, or health policies.
  2. Health Inequalities and Inequities: Investigating the structural and fundamental causes of health, such as socioeconomic status in shaping health disparities and outcomes.
  3. Organizing Health: Analyzing markets for medicines and medical devices, patient-physician relationships and health intermediaries, management of healthcare systems, and role of patient activists.
  4. Valuation of Health: Exploring issues around values and valuation in health and health products, quality of care, pricing of health products, and the contested politics of medical expertise.

The goal of this network is to build an interdisciplinary community. We hope to draw researchers from health economics, political economy, health policy and management, medical anthropology, history of medicine, economic and medical sociology, public health, and science and technology studies. We also promote international comparisons on global health, drawing on the diverse backgrounds of network participants.