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2014 Volume 12
Published quarterly

ISSN: 1477-8211
EISSN: 1477-822X

2011 Impact Factor: 0.605*


Journal Citation Report Science Edition
33/36 - Social Sciences, Biomedical

*2011 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2012)

Graham Scambler, UK
Paul Higgs, UK
Richard Levinson, USA
Ruth Graham, UK


2012 Annual Lecture Podcast

We are delighted to provide here a recording of the Social Theory & Health 2012 Annual Lecture by Professor Roy Bhaskar (Institute of Education, University of London). Held at the Macmillan office in London on 9th February 2012, Professor Bhaskar spoke on the subject of “Critical realism, interdisciplinarity and well-being”.

Introduced first by STH editor Graham Scambler you can download/listen to the lecture and subsequent discussion via the link below.

STH 2012 Annual Lecture: Roy Bhaskar
(Audio MP3 file, 20MB, 90:08 min)


The theorization of health issues is crucial both for understanding and as a guide for action. By providing a forum for academics and practitioners to engage with the theoretical development of the health debate, Social Theory & Health aims to develop the theoretical underpinnings of health research and service delivery.

The journal is of interest to scholars of health-related sociology; nursing, health and clinical psychologists; health and public policy analysts and theorists in related disciplines.


Palgrave Macmillan and the Editors of Social Theory & Health are delighted to announce that the journal has been selected for coverage in Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index® and Journal Citation Reports/Social Science Edition. As such Social Theory & Health will have an Impact Factor for the first time. In addition the journal will also be indexed/abstracted in Current Content® / Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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