Gareth Thomas

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Gareth Thomas is a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He is a sociologist interested in (among other things) medical encounters, disability, stigma, reproduction, genetics and the family, the ethics of health technologies, health, materiality, place, 'apps', and ethnography. Gareth's research and teaching is theoretically engaged, drawing largely on the work of Erving Goffman, in particular, as well as the principles of interactionism, science and technology studies (STS), ethnomethodology, and anthropology theory. He is Co-Book Reviews Editor for Sociology of Health and Illness and Co-Convenor of the Medicine, Science and Culture Research Group at Cardiff University. Gareth's ESRC-funded PhD research was an ethnographic study of prenatal screening for Down's syndrome in two UK clinics. This will be the basis of a research monograph, published by Routledge, provisionally titled 'Prenatal Testing and the Politics of Reproduction: An Ethnography of Down's Syndrome Screening' (to be published in November 2016).