Hannah Bradby

professor at Department of Sociology, Faculty

+4618-471 5183
Visiting address:
Engelska parken
Thunbergsvägen 3H

Postal address:
Box 624
751 26 UPPSALA

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Hannah's research into the sociology of health and illness focusses on forms of diversity, including ethnicity, gender and migration.

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My courses



2012 Medicine, Health and Society: A Critical Sociology. London: Sage.

2010 Global Perspectives on War, Gender and Health. (eds.) Hannah Bradby and Gillian Lewando Hundt. Avebury: Ashgate.

2010 Medical Sociology: An Introduction. Greek translation. Athens: Pedio Books.

2009 Medical Sociology: An Introduction. London: Sage.

2008 Ethnicity, Health and Health Care: Understanding Diversity, Tackling Disadvantage. (eds.) Waqar Ahmad and Hannah Bradby. Oxford: Blackwells.

2005 Skinfull. London: Onlywomen Press.

1996 Defining Violence (ed.) Aldershot: Avebury.

1990 Dirty Words — Writings on the History and Culture of Pollution. (ed.) London: Earthscan.

Journal papers

2012 ‘Ethnicity and health: The costs and benefits of conceptualising racism and ethnicity.’ Editorial. Social Science & Medicine, Virtual Special Issue.

2010a ‘Understanding and apprehending institutional racism in mental health services: compromised conceptualization.’ Sociological Research Online 15 (3) 8. http://www.socresonline.org.uk/15/3/8.html

2010b “ ‘What do we mean by ‘racism’? Conceptualising the range of what we call racism in health care settings: a commentary on Peek et al.” Social Science & Medicine 71: 10-12.


2010c Scott Weich, Laura Griffith, Martin Commander, Hannah Bradby, Sashi Sashidharan et al. ‘Experiences of Acute Mental Health Care in an Ethnically Diverse Inner City: Qualitative Interview Study’ Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 47(1):119-28.

2009 Hannah Bradby, Janet Hargreaves and Mary Robson ‘Story in health and social care.’ Health Care Analysis 17 (4): 331-344.


2008a ‘Feminism and the sociology of gender, health and illness.’ Editorial, Virtual special edition, Sociology of Health and Illness


2008b Waqar Ahmad and Hannah Bradby ‘Ethnicity and Health: Key Themes in a Developing Field.’ Current Sociology Jan 56 (1): 47-56.

2007a Hannah Bradby, Maya Varyani, Helen Minnis et al ‘British Asian families and the use of child and adolescent mental health services: a qualitative study of a hard to reach group.’ Social Science & Medicine 65 (12): 2413-2424.

2007b Waqar Ahmad and Hannah Bradby ‘Locating ethnicity and health: exploring concepts and contexts.’ Sociology of Health and Illness 29 (6): 795–810.

2007c “ ‘Watch out for the Aunties.’ Young British Asians’ accounts of identity and substance use.” Sociology of Health and Illness 29 (5): 656–672.

2006 Hannah Bradby and Rory Williams. ‘Is religion or culture the key feature in changes in substance use after leaving school? Asians and non-Asians in Glasgow.’ Ethnicity and Health 11 (3): 307-324.

2005 Gill Green, Hannah Bradby, Anita Chan, Maggie Lee. “ ‘We are not completely Westernised’: dual medical systems and pathways to health care among Chinese migrant women in England.” Social Science & Medicine 62 (6) March: 1498-1509.

2005 Annie S Anderson, Helen Bush, M E J Lean, Hannah Bradby, et al. ‘Evolution of atherogenic diets in South Asian and Italian women after migration to a higher risk region.’ Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 18 (1): 33-43.

2003a ‘Describing ethnicity in health research.’ Ethnicity and Health 8 (1): 5-13.

2003b Helen Minnis, Eileen Kelly, Hannah Bradby, Rachel Oglethorpe, Wendy Raine and Deborah Cockburn. ‘The use of Child Psychiatry by South Asian families in South Glasgow’ Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 8 (2): 179-186.

2002a Maggy Lee, Anita Chan, Gill Green and Hannah Bradby ‘Chinese migrant women and families in Britain’ Women’s Studies International Forum 25 (6): 607-618.

2002b “ ‘Over the top and glamorous’: The meaning of the marriage meal among Glasgow Punjabis.” Food and Foodways 10 (3): 111-136.

2002c ‘Translating culture and language: a research note on multilingual settings.’ Sociology of Health and Illness 24 (6): 842-855.

2002d Gill Green, Hannah Bradby et al. ‘Equity and culture: Is the NHS failing to meet the needs of mentally distressed Chinese origin women in England?’ Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 7 (4): 216-221.

2001 MEJ Lean, TS Han, H Bush, AS Anderson, H Bradby and R Williams ‘Ethnic differences in anthropometric and lifestyle measures related to coronary heart disease risk between South Asian, Italian and general population British women living in the west of Scotland.’ International Journal of Obesity 25: 1800-1805.

1999 Hannah Bradby and Rory Williams. ‘Behaviour and expectations in relation to sexual intercourse among 18-20 year old Asians and non-Asians.’ Sexually Transmitted Infections 75: 162-167.

1998 Helen Bush, Rory Williams, Hannah Bradby et al. ‘Family hospitality and ethnic tradition among South Asian, Italian and general population women in the West of Scotland.’ Sociology of Health and Illness 20, 3: 351-380.

1995a Hannah Bradby, Jon Gabe, Mike Bury. ‘Dirty Docs and Busty Blondes: Press coverage of professional misconduct cases brought before the General Medical Council.’ Sociology of Health and Illness 17 (4): 458-476.

1995b ‘Ethnicity: not a black and white issue, a research note.’ Sociology of Health and Illness 17 (3): 405-417.

Book Chapters

2010a Hannah Bradby and Gillian Hundt ‘Introduction’ pp 1-17 in Global Perspectives on War, Gender and Health (eds.) Hannah Bradby and Gillian Hundt. Avebury: Ashgate.

2010b Hannah Bradby and James Nazroo ‘Health, ethnicity and race’ pp 113-129 in The New Companion to Medical Sociology (ed.) William C Cockerham. Malden MA: Blackwell.

2010 Janet Hargreaves, Hannah Bradby and Mary Robson ‘Use of Patient Stories in Health and Social Care pp 69-80 in Narrative, Memory and Ordinary Lives. (eds.) David Robinson, Pamela Fisher, Tracey Yeadon-Lee, Sarah Jane Robinson and Pete Woodcock. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield.

2008 Waqar Ahmad and Hannah Bradby ‘Locating ethnicity and health: exploring concepts and contexts.’ pp 1-15 in (eds) Ethnicity, Health and Health Care: Understanding Diversity, Tackling Disadvantage. (eds.) Waqar Ahmad and Hannah Bradby. Oxford: Blackwell.

2007a Hannah Bradby and Tarani Chandola ‘Ethnicity and racism in the politics of health in Britain’ pp 76-85 in Public Health: Social Context and Action (eds.) Angela Scriven and Sebastian Garman. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

2007b Hannah Bradby and Tarani Chandola ‘Inequalities and ethnicity: evidence and intervention’ pp 95-110 in Challenging Health Inequalities (eds.) Elizabeth Dowler and Nick Spencer. Bristol: Policy Press.

2006 ‘Understanding honour and religion as resource and constraint for young British Asians’ pp 132-148 in Theorising Religion (eds.) James A Beckford and John Walliss. Avebury: Ashgate.

2005 ‘Finding space in a tight-knit community — qualitative research with Glasgow Punjabis’ pp 49-51 in Reflections on Research: The Realities of Doing Research in the Social Sciences (eds.) Nina Hallowell, Julia Lawton and Susan Gregory. Maidenhead: Open University Press, McGrawhill Education.

2003 ‘Biology, society, ethnicity and racism’ peer-reviewed entry for Encyclopedia Of The Human Genome (cd rom and book), Nature Publishing Group.
Subsequently re-issued as web-based publication.

2001 ‘Communication, interpretation and translation’ pp 129-148 in Sociology, Ethnicity and Nursing (eds.) Simon Dyson and Lorraine Culley. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

2000 ‘Locality, loyalty and identity: Experiences of travel and marriage among young Punjabi women in Glasgow’ pp 236-249 in Tourism and Sex: Culture, Commerce and Coercion (eds.) Stephen Clift and Simon Carter. London: Cassells.

1999 ‘Negotiating Marriage: Young Punjabi women’s assessment of their individual and family interests’ pp 152-166 in Gender, Ethnicity and Social Change (eds.) Rohit Barot, Harriet Bradley and Steve Fenton. London: Macmillan.

1998 Rory Williams, Helen Bush, Mike Lean, Annie Anderson, Hannah Bradby. ‘Food choice and culture in a cosmopolitan city: South Asians, Italians and other Glaswegians’ pp 267-284 in The Nation’s Diet: the Social Science of Food Choice (ed.) Anne Murcott. London: Addison-Wesley Longman.

1997 ‘Health, heating and heart attacks: Glaswegian Punjabi women’s thinking about everyday food’ pp 211-233 in Food health and identity (ed.) Pat Caplan. London: Routledge.

1996 ‘Introduction’ pp 1-8 in Defining Violence (ed.) Hannah Bradby. Aldershot: Avebury.

1996 & 1999 Hannah Bradby. ‘Racism and the New Genetics’ pp 295-316 in The Troubled Helix: Social and psychological implications of the new human genetics (eds.) Theresa Marteau and Martin Richards. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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