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Research Profile

Mr Gareth M Thomas 

Gareth Thomas
Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:02920 875260
Address:1-3 Museum Place


Ph.D. in Sociology, Cardiff University (+3 ESRC funded): 2010-present

MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University (Distinction): 2009-2010 
Distinction in dissertation entitled ‘The Baby Breach: Cooling Out Mothers of Children with Down’s Syndrome’. The dissertation captures how mothers respond to a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of Down’s syndrome.

BSc Econ. Sociology, Cardiff University (First Class Honours): 2006-2009 
First class honours in dissertation entitled ‘Courtesy Stigma: Experiences of Down’s Syndrome in the Family’. The dissertation explores whether parents of children with Down’s syndrome feel stigmatised by their child.

Research Interests

  • Medical sociology
  • Science and technology studies
  • Disability
  • Technologies and the body
  • Health and illness
  • Care
  • Ethnography
  • Erving Goffman
  • Genetics
  • Sport
  • Human and nonhuman relations
  • Internet/social-networking

PhD Topic / Area

My PhD study is an ethnography of two antenatal clinics with a focus on prenatal screening for Down’s syndrome. I am interested in exploring a number of key areas, including: professional and patient interactions, risk, care, identity, disability, divisions of labour, family, technologies, and space.


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