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Emma Whelan

Associate Professor-Acting Chair

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Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology

Email: emma.whelan@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-6752
Mailing Address: 
Room 1115, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
 
Research Topics:
  • Critical health studies
  • Classification and standards
  • Drug use
  • Gender
  • Knowledge, science and expertise
  • Medical sociology
  • Pain and chronic illness
  • Social theory

Cross appointment

  • Gender and Women's Studies  

Education

  • BA Hons, University of Winnipeg
  • MA, Queen's University
  • PhD, Carleton University
  • PDF, McGill University

Research interests

Emma Whelan is a sociologist whose research is concerned with problems of knowledge, representation, science, and health. She is interested in three main questions:  How do we know (or think we know) about health and illness? How do we make claims about healthiness, illness, and health care? And how do competing stakeholders in the health arena struggle for power and credibility?

Dr. Whelan works with graduate students in several areas:  critical analyses of health, illness, and medicine; social studies of knowledge, professions, and disciplines; science and technology studies; qualitative methods; risk, surveillance, and moral regulation; social theory; gender and sexuality. She has particular interests in the social epistemology of pain, reproductive and sexual health, historical sociology of hygiene and public health, classification and standardization practices in medicine, and the expert-lay divide. Current projects focus on pain treatment in the wake of the OxyContin crisis; the evolution of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases; and the problematization of hand washing.

Selected publications