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Yasmin Gunaratnam BSc MSc PhD

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Department Sociology
Email y.gunaratnam (@gold.ac.uk)
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Yasmin Gunaratnam BSc MSc PhD

Body, care, health and illness, death, race, gender, methodologies.

I have spent much of my career in an ambivalent relationship to Higher Education (I would tell people that I didn’t seem to fit in, academics could be snobby and tedious, and research was often elitist and dull, far removed from my everyday world and experiences). I joined the Department in 2008 and have had to revise my narrative. Sociology is a diverse and lively department. Our students continually stretch and reinvigorate the curriculum and the classroom. I have learned most about sociology from teaching them. Before I came to Goldsmiths I was involved in research, teaching and training in Higher Education, for local government and in the voluntary sector. I cared for my father during 1985-1992 and this experience stimulated my interest in medical sociology and in matters of embodiment, debility and care.

Teaching

I have taught across all levels of the undergraduate curriculum and have expertise in the areas of research methods, culture and representation, race and gender. I have convened ‘Researching Society and Culture’, and I co-taught Vision, Truth and Knowledge (now the Sociology of Visuality), and Culture, Representation and Difference (with Mariam Motamedi-Fraser). I co-convened the BA Media and Sociology Programme with Liz Moor (Media and Communications) between 2008-2012.

At a Masters level I convened MA Gender, Media and Culturebetween 2010-12, teaching on the Introduction to Feminist Theory, and The Body and Affect courses. I also teach on the MA Social Research.

I received a Peake Award for teaching in 2010 (awarded by Goldsmiths for excellence in teaching).  

I was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship in 2013.

Areas of supervision

I currently supervise 8 doctoral students whose projects include research on vulnerability, sensory worlds of autism, migration, and Palestinians in exile. I am interested in supervising students in the broad areas of health and illness, race, gender, and stories and narrative. 

Publications

Book

Death and the Migrant: Bodies, borders, care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Death and the Migrant: Bodies, borders, care. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 1-208. ISBN 9781472515339

Palliative Care: Care for Life Limiting Illnesses - PALCOPE Information and Help for Older People
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Palliative Care: Care for Life Limiting Illnesses - PALCOPE Information and Help for Older People. Leeds: PRIAE Policy Research Institute on Ageing & Ethnicity . ISBN 978-0953764273

Widening access to hospice care - A briefing paper for managers and trustees
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2006. Widening access to hospice care - A briefing paper for managers and trustees. London: Help The Hospices.

Researching Race and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2003. Researching Race and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power. London: Sage. ISBN 978-0761972877

Checklist: Health and Race - A Starting Point for Managers on Improving Services for Black Populations
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1993. Checklist: Health and Race - A Starting Point for Managers on Improving Services for Black Populations. London: King's Fund. ISBN 978-1857170429

Design and Development of Carers' Support.
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1993. Design and Development of Carers' Support. London: King's Fund . ISBN 978-1857170443

Call for Care (Bengali Edition)
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1990. Call for Care (Bengali Edition). London: Health Education Authority . ISBN 978-1854481733

Edited Book

Narrative and Stories in Health Care: Illness, Dying and Bereavement
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Oliviere, David, eds. 2009. Narrative and Stories in Health Care: Illness, Dying and Bereavement. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0199546695

Book Section

Sustaining Difference: Climate Change, Diet and the Materiality of Race
Clark, Nigel and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Sustaining Difference: Climate Change, Diet and the Materiality of Race. In: Rachel Slocum and Arun Saldanha, eds. Geographies of Race and Food Fields, Bodies, Markets. Burlington: Ashgate, 00-00. ISBN 9781409469278

What Difference Does Our Difference Make in Researching Infertility?.
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. What Difference Does Our Difference Make in Researching Infertility?. In: Lorraine Culley; Nicky Hudson and Floor van Rooij, eds. Marginalized Reproduction: Ethnicity, Infertility and Reproductive Technologies. Earthscan: London , 80-94 . ISBN 978-1-84407-576 8

Narrative Interviews and Research
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. Narrative Interviews and Research. In: David Oliviere, ed. Narrative and Stories in Healthcare: Illness, Dying and Bereavement. Oxford University Press, p. 224. ISBN 978-0-19-954669-5

Practices, Identification and Identity Change in the Transition to Motherhood
Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Elliott, Heather; Hollway, Wendy and Phoenix, Anna. 2009. Practices, Identification and Identity Change in the Transition to Motherhood. In: Margaret Wetherell, ed. Theorizing Identities and Social Action. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan , pp. 19-37. ISBN 978-0230580886

Where is the Love? Art, aesthetics and research
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. Where is the Love? Art, aesthetics and research. In: Prue Chamberlayne and Martin Smith, eds. Art, Creativity and Imagination in Social Work Practice. Routledge , 13-29 . ISBN 978-0415465083

Ethnicity, Difference and Care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. Ethnicity, Difference and Care. In: Jessica Corner and Christopher Bailey, eds. Cancer Nursing - Care in Context. John Wiley & Sons, pp. 620-637. ISBN 978-1405122535

For Phyllis
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. For Phyllis. In: Sarah Earle; Caroline Bartholomew and Carol Komaromy , eds. Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology. London: Sage, p. 44. ISBN 978-1847875129

Blind Date
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. Blind Date. In: Sarah Earle; Caroline Bartholomew and Carol Komaromy, eds. Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology. London: Sage, pp. 45-46. ISBN 978-1847875129

Complexity and Complicity in Researching Ethnicity and Health
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2006. Complexity and Complicity in Researching Ethnicity and Health. In: Jenny Douglas; Sarah Earle and Stephen Handsley, eds. A Reader in Promoting Public Health: Challenge and Controversy. Open University , 147-156 . ISBN 978-1412930758

'Bucking and Kicking’: ‘race’, gender and embodied resistance in health care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2004. 'Bucking and Kicking’: ‘race’, gender and embodied resistance in health care. In: Ursula Apitzsch; Joanna Bornat and Prue Chamberlayne, eds. Biographical Methods and Professional Practice: An International Perspective. Bristol: Policy Press , pp. 205-219. ISBN 978-1861344922

Skin Matters: 'Race' and Care in the Health Services
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2004. Skin Matters: 'Race' and Care in the Health Services. In: Janet Fink , ed. Care: Personal Lives and Social Policy. Bristol: Policy Press , pp. 112-144. ISBN 978-1861345196

The Bed
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2004. The Bed. In: Liz Forbat; Caroline Malone; Matt Robb and Janet Seden, eds. Relating Experience: Stories from Health and Social Care: An Anthology About Communication and Relationships. London: Routledge, pp. 101-102. ISBN 978-0415326582

More Than Words: dialogue across difference
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2003. More Than Words: dialogue across difference. In: Moyra Sidell; Linda Jones; Jeanne Katz; Jenny Douglas and Alyson Peberdy, eds. Debates and Dilemmas in Promoting Health: A Reader. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 112-121. ISBN 978-1403902283

Whiteness and Emotions in Social Care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2001. Whiteness and Emotions in Social Care. In: Bill Bytheway; Vivien Bacigalupo; Joanna Bornat; Jenny Johnson and Susan Spurr, eds. Understanding Care, Welfare and Community: A Reader. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 158-167. ISBN 978-0415258609

Breaking The Silence: Asian carers in Britain
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1993. Breaking The Silence: Asian carers in Britain. In: Joanna Bornat; Charmaine Pereira; David Pilgrim and Fiona Williams, eds. Community Care – A Reader. Macmillan in Association with The Open University, pp. 114-123. ISBN 978-0333587157

Article

black British feminisms: many chants
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. black British feminisms: many chants. Feminist Review, 108, pp. 1-10.

'The Branch on which I sit' Heidi Safia Mirza in conversation with Yasmin Gunaratnam
Mirza, Heidi and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. 'The Branch on which I sit' Heidi Safia Mirza in conversation with Yasmin Gunaratnam. Feminist Review, 108, pp. 125-133. ISSN 0141-7789

Morbid mixtures: Hybridity, pain and transnational dying
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. Morbid mixtures: Hybridity, pain and transnational dying. Subjectivity, 7(1), pp. 74-91. ISSN 1755-6341

Rethinking Hybridity, Interrogating Mixedness
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. Rethinking Hybridity, Interrogating Mixedness. Subjectivity, 7(1), pp. 1-17. ISSN 1755-6341

Roadworks: British Bangladeshi mothers, temporality and intimate citizenship in East London
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Roadworks: British Bangladeshi mothers, temporality and intimate citizenship in East London. European Journal of Women's Studies, 20(3), pp. 249-263. ISSN 1350-5068

Secrets and lies: Narrative methods at the limits of research
Anim-Addo, Joan and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Secrets and lies: Narrative methods at the limits of research. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 5(3), pp. 383-396.

Pre-Race Post-Race: Climate Change and Planetary Humanism
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Clark, Nigel. 2012. Pre-Race Post-Race: Climate Change and Planetary Humanism. Darkmatter,

Learning To Be Affected: Social suffering and total pain at life’s borders.
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2012. Learning To Be Affected: Social suffering and total pain at life’s borders. The Sociological Review, 60(S1), pp. 108-123. ISSN 0038-0261

Learning to be affected: social suffering and total pain at life's borders
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2012. Learning to be affected: social suffering and total pain at life's borders. Sociological Review, 60(S1), pp. 108-123. ISSN 0038-0261

Cultural vulnerability: A narrative approach to intercultural care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2011. Cultural vulnerability: A narrative approach to intercultural care. Qualitative Social Work, pp. 1-15.

Cultural Vulnerability and Professional Narratives
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2011. Cultural Vulnerability and Professional Narratives. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 7(4), pp. 338-3349. ISSN 1552-4256

Precarious Street Life
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2011. Precarious Street Life. Street Signs, pp. 24-26.

Secrets and Lives (for James)
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2011. Secrets and Lives (for James). You are here, the journal of creative geography, XIV, pp. 57-68.

Death in the City
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2010. Death in the City. Street Signs, pp. 31-33.

Care, artistry and what might be
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. Care, artistry and what might be. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 1(1), pp. 9-17. ISSN 1757-0980

Talking about breastfeeding: emotion, context and ‘good’ mothering
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. Talking about breastfeeding: emotion, context and ‘good’ mothering. The Practising Midwife , 12(6), pp. 2-6. ISSN 1461-3123

From competence to vulnerability: Care, ethics, and elders from racialized minorities
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. From competence to vulnerability: Care, ethics, and elders from racialized minorities. Mortality, 13(1), pp. 24-41. ISSN 1357-6275

From Competence to Vulnerability: care, ethics and elders from racialised minorities
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. From Competence to Vulnerability: care, ethics and elders from racialised minorities. Mortality: Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying, 13(1), pp. 24-41. ISSN 1357-6275

Where is the Love? Art, aesthetics and research
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Where is the Love? Art, aesthetics and research. Journal of Social Work Practice, 21(3), pp. 271-287. ISSN 0265-0533

The research priorities of patients attending UK cancer treatment centres: findings from a modified nominal group study
Corner, J.; Wright, D.; Hopkinson, J.; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; McDonald, J. W. and Foster, C.. 2007. The research priorities of patients attending UK cancer treatment centres: findings from a modified nominal group study. British Journal of Cancer, 96(6), pp. 875-881. ISSN 0007-0920

The research priorities of patients attending UK cancer treatment centres: findings from a modified nominal group study
Corner, Jessica; Wright, David; Hopkinson, Jane; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; J W, MacDonald and Claire, Foster. 2007. The research priorities of patients attending UK cancer treatment centres: findings from a modified nominal group study. British Journal of Cancer, 96(6), 875 -881. ISSN 0007 – 0920/07

The research attitudes, understanding and information seeking behaviour of cancer patients: an exploratory study: What do patients think about cancer research?
Wright, D; Corner, J.; Hopkinson, J.; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Foster, C. and McDonald, J W. 2007. The research attitudes, understanding and information seeking behaviour of cancer patients: an exploratory study: What do patients think about cancer research? British Journal of Cancer, 96(6), pp. 875-881. ISSN 0007-0920

Intercultural palliative care: do we need cultural competence?
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Intercultural palliative care: do we need cultural competence? International Journal of Palliative Nursing , 13(10), pp. 470-477. ISSN 1357-6321

Dr Terrorist
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Dr Terrorist. Dark Matter,

A Sweeter Palliative
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2006. A Sweeter Palliative. Community Care, 28(4), pp. 36-37.

Awareness Differs by Ethnicity and Age
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2005. Awareness Differs by Ethnicity and Age. Practice Nursing, 16(11), pp. 528-530. ISSN 0964-9271

'We mustn't judge...but: staff dilemmas in dealing with racial harassment amongst hospice service users
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2001. 'We mustn't judge...but: staff dilemmas in dealing with racial harassment amongst hospice service users. Sociology Of Health & Illness, 23(1), pp. 65-84. ISSN 0141-9889

We mustn’t judge people….but’: Staff dilemmas in dealing with racial harassment amongst hospice service users
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2001. We mustn’t judge people….but’: Staff dilemmas in dealing with racial harassment amongst hospice service users. Sociology of Health and Illness, 23(1), pp. 65-83. ISSN 0141-9889

Eating into Multiculturalism: Hospice staff and service users talk food, ‘race’, ethnicity and identities
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2001. Eating into Multiculturalism: Hospice staff and service users talk food, ‘race’, ethnicity and identities. Critical Social Policy, 21(3), pp. 287-310. ISSN 0261-0183

Racialising emotional labour and emotionalising racialised labour: anger, fear and shame in social welfare
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Lewis, Gail. 2001. Racialising emotional labour and emotionalising racialised labour: anger, fear and shame in social welfare. Journal of Social Work Practice, 15(2), pp. 125-142. ISSN 0265-0533

Ethnic monitoring in higher education: some reflections on methodology
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Van Dyke, Ruth. 2000. Ethnic monitoring in higher education: some reflections on methodology. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 3(4), pp. 325-345. ISSN 1364-5579

Implications of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry for Palliative Care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2000. Implications of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry for Palliative Care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 6(3), pp. 147-149. ISSN 1357-6321

Anti-discrimination, emotions and professional practice
Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Bremner , Isobel; Pollock, Lois and Weir, Catherine. 1998. Anti-discrimination, emotions and professional practice. European Journal of Palliative Care, 5(4), pp. 122-124. ISSN 1352-2779

Conference or Workshop Item

Debilities: Sensing Bodies and Worlds
Puar, Jasbir; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Hickey-Moody, Anna Catherine and Ahmed, Sara. 2014. 'Debilities: Sensing Bodies and Worlds'. In: Debilities: Sensing Bodies and Worlds. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom.

Digital

The enigma of Departure; What can we learn from dying migrants
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2015. The enigma of Departure; What can we learn from dying migrants.

Allegations of assault by guards at a UK detention centre
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. Allegations of assault by guards at a UK detention centre .

Stephen Sutton and the Politics of the deathbed smile
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. Stephen Sutton and the Politics of the deathbed smile.

"Swamped" by anti-immigration campaigns
Jones, Hannah; Bhattacharyya, Gargi; Forkert, Kirsten; Davies, Will; Dhaliwal, Sukhwant; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Jackson, Emma and Saltus,, Roiyah. 2014. "Swamped" by anti-immigration campaigns.

Complicit No More - Introduction
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. Complicit No More - Introduction.

Combating Racism at an English University - "I too, am Oxford'
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. Combating Racism at an English University - "I too, am Oxford' .

Diasporic Walking Sticks
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. Diasporic Walking Sticks.

‘Unwitting’ racism and rise in abuse makes it harder for NHS staff to do their job
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. ‘Unwitting’ racism and rise in abuse makes it harder for NHS staff to do their job .

How should we prepare our children for racism?
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. How should we prepare our children for racism?.

Plight of Sri Lanka's 'ghost' workers raises spectre of inequality and abuse
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Plight of Sri Lanka's 'ghost' workers raises spectre of inequality and abuse.

Case Stories
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Case Stories.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva and the Muslim mother as terrorist
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva and the Muslim mother as terrorist.

Film/Video

Medicine Unboxed 2014 FRONTIERS - Crossing - Daljit Nagra and Yasmin Gunaratnam
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. Medicine Unboxed 2014 FRONTIERS - Crossing - Daljit Nagra and Yasmin Gunaratnam.

Two Sighs - Transnational Dying and Care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. Two Sighs - Transnational Dying and Care.

Report

Improving the quality of palliative care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Improving the quality of palliative care. Other. UNSPECIFIED, London.

Other

In extremis
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. In extremis. Autograph ABP, London.

Research

My theoretical concerns and empirical research coalesce around three inter-related themes: corporeal vulnerability, care and social research methodologies. My engagement with social theory has included my monograph ‘Researching race and ethnicity: methods, knowledge and power’ (2003) that examined the history and development of epistemic regimes, social scientific values and methodological practices in researching race. My empirical research includes an early ethnographic study of dying migrants in a London hospice (1999); participatory action research with cancer patients in identifying patient priorities for cancer research (the Macmillan ‘Listening Study’, 2006); and a recent study using narrative interviews and psychoanalytic infant observation to examine and theorise identity transition amongst first-time mothers (Open University, 2008). A hallmark of my current work has been the pursuit of practices, sites and methods that bring into closer dialogue the worlds of theory, policy and practice. The productive interrelations between these worlds can be seen in my co-edited collection ‘Narrative and Stories in Health Care’ (2009), which was shortlisted and ‘Highly Commended’ in the British Medical Association Book Awards 2010.

Research Projects

2006-9 - Involving people of diverse ethnicities in cancer research: An exploration of experiences, attitudes and barriers, with Dr David Wright, Macmillan Research Unit, Southampton University, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

2005 - Older people, ethnicity and palliative care dissemination project.Managed by the Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity and funded by the Department of Health.

2002-5 - ‘Stories That Matter’- a narrative project on older people, ethnicity and palliative care. Managed by the Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity and funded by the Department of Health.

2001 -  ‘Race’, gender and professional identity amongst mental health nurses. With Dr Gail Lewis (Psychology, Open University), funded by Research Development Committee, Open University.

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