HS 574
  • January 20, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Please join your colleagues and classmates for the first SBHS seminar of 2014. Our speaker is Dr. Dan Allman who will be speaking about:

Community exclusion as failure in social and behavioural health sciences

As social and behavioural health scientists, our hats may be many: Academics, activists, advocates, researchers, teachers, trainers, and knowledge translators. With the millinery of each cap come increasingly expected and often prescribed relationships to those we study.  The nearer to the social margins our scholarly areas, the more our health sciences-related endeavours may be expected to adhere to models of community involvement steeped in immediacy, and inclusive of, and enacted by, community-based co-investigators, advisory boards, and liaisons. Across the Global North and ever more in the South, the absence of a community base and the omission of ‘greater involvement’ can be construed as a form of failure.  This paper disentangles the notion of community exclusion to explore the price of inclusion, and the costs, practices of engagement have, for incremental theory development, academic integrity, and freedom of speech.  Applying a constructivist approach, this paper proposes through provocation that the exclusion of community need only be failure in the eye of the beholder; that social and behavioural health sciences may require no community base to make a contribution.  Such a conception would recognize how the benefits of meaningful involvement are not necessarily universal across all social and behavioural sciences; that there exist academic activities which while able to be translated as knowledge to a community, will require degrees of specialization and interest not all communities may want or have.

Dan Allman is an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public health. His work focuses on the social and structural production of risk and well-being, particularly for those considered marginal, vulnerable or peripheral to a society’s core. Interests include the sociology of health and medicine, social equity, global health and new techniques for public health research. Dr. Allman enjoys teaching, translating knowledge and building capacity within university and community settings.