Mr Gareth M Thomas
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.
- Medical sociology
- Science and technology studies
- Technologies and the body
- Health and illness
- Erving Goffman
- Human and nonhuman relations
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.