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Prof Sarah Nettleton Publications 1986 - 2008


  • Nettleton, S., Burrows, R. and Watt, I. (2008) Regulating Medical Bodies? The 'modernisation' of the NHS and the disembodiment of clinical knowledge Sociology of Health and Illness 30 (3) 333-48.
  • Nettleton, S., Burrows, R. and Watt, I. (2008) How do you feel doctor? an analysis of emotional aspects of routine professional medical work Social Theory and Health 6 18-36.
  • Potts, L., Dixey, R. and Nettleton, S. (2008) ‘Precautionary Tales: exploring the obstacles to debating the primary prevention of breast cancer.’ Critical Social Policy 28 (2) 115-135.
  • Watt, I., Nettleton, S. and Burrows, R. (2008) The views of doctors on their working lives. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 101 1-6.
  • Nettleton, S. (2007) Retaining the Sociology in Medical Sociology Social Science & Medicine 65 (12) 2409-2412.


  • Potts, L., Dixey, R. and Nettleton, S. (2007) ‘Bridging differential understanding of environmental risk of breast cancer: why so hard?’ Critical Public Health 17 (4) 337-350


  • Nettleton, S. (2006) ‘I just want permission to be ill’: Towards a sociology of medically unexplained symptoms Social Science and Medicine 62 (5) 1167-78
  • Nettleton, S. and Hardey, M. (2006) Running away with health: the urban marathon and the construction of 'charitable bodies' Health 10 441-460
  • Nettleton, S. and Hanlon, G. (2006) ‘Pathways to the Doctor’ in the Information Age: The Role of ICTs in Contemporary Lay Referral Systems in A. Webster and S. Wyatt (eds) Innovative Health Technologies: New Perspectives, Challenge and Change, London, Palgrave Macmillan


  • Nettleton, S., Watt, I. O’Malley, L. and Duffey, P. (2005) ‘Understanding the narratives of people who live with medically unexplained illness’ Patient Education and Counselling, 56, 2, 205-10
  • Nettleton, S. Burrows, R. and O’Malley, L. (2005) The Mundane Realities of the Everyday Lay Use of the Internet for Health and their Consequences for Media Convergence Sociology of Health and Illness 27, 7. 972-992


  • Nettleton, S. (2004). The emergence of e-scaped medicine?. Sociology, 38(4), 661-679.
  • Nettleton, S., OMalley, L., Watt, I., & Duffey, P. (2004). Enigmatic illness: narratives of patients who live with medically unexplained symptoms. Social Theory & Health, 2(1), 47-66.
  • Nettleton, S., Burrows, R., Malley, L. O., & Watt, I. (2004). Health E-types?. Information, Communication & Society, 7(4), 531-553.


  • Nettleton, S., & Burrows, R. (2003). E-scaped medicine? Information, reflexivity and health. Critical Social Policy, 23(2), 165-185.
  • Pleace, N., Burrows, R., Loader, B., Muncer, S., & Nettleton, S. (2003).
  • From Self-service Welfare to Virtual Self-help?. Information and Communication Technologies in the Welfare Services, 183.


  • Nettleton, S. (2001) ‘Losing a Home through Mortgage Repossession: the views of children’ Children and Society, 15, 2, 82-94, 2001.
  • Nettleton, S. and Burrows, R. (2001) ‘Families coping with the experience of mortgage repossession in the “new landscape of precariousness”’ Community, Work and Family, 4, 3, 253-272, 2001.


  • Nettleton, S. and Burrows, R. (2000) ‘When a Capital Investment Becomes an Emotional Loss: the Health Consequences of the Experience of Mortgage Possession’, Housing Studies, 15, 3, 463-479, 2000.
  • Muncer, S., Burrows, R., Pleace, N., Loader, B. and Nettleton, S. (2000)‘Births, Deaths, Sex and Marriage...But Very Few Presents? A Case Study of Social Support in Cyberspace’, Critical Public Health, 18, 1, 1-18.
  • Pleace, N., Burrows, R., Loader, B., Muncer, S. and Nettleton, S. (2000) ‘On-Line with the Friends of Bill W: Problem Drinkers, the Internet and Self Help’ Sociological Research On-Line, 5, 2, 2000.
  • Muncer, S, Loader, B., Burrows, R., Pleace, N. and Nettleton, S (2000) ‘Form and Structure of Newsgroups Giving Social Support: A Network Approach’ Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 3, 6, 1017-1029, 2000.
  • McMurrray, R., Heaton, J., Sloper, P. and Nettleton, S. (2000) ‘Variations in the provision of occupational therapy for patients undergoing primary elective total hip replacement in the United Kingdom’, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63, 9, 451-455.
  • Heaton, J., McMurray, R., Sloper, P. and Nettleton, S. (2000) ‘Rehabilitation and total hip replacement: patients’ perspectives on provision’, International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 23, 4, 253-259.
  • Burrows, R., Nettleton, S., Pleace, N., Loader, B. and Muncer, S. (2000) ‘Virtual Community Care? Social Policy and the Emergence of Computer Mediated Social Support’ Information, Communication and Society, 3, 1, 95-121.


  • McMurray, R., Heaton, J., Sloper, P., & Nettleton, S. (1999). Measurement of patient perceptions of pain and disability in relation to total hip replacement: the place of the Oxford hip score in mixed methods. Quality in health care, 8(4), 228-233.


  • Nettleton, S. (1998) ‘Losing Homes through Mortgage Possession: a ‘new’ public health issue’ Critical Public Health, 8, 1, 47-5.
  • Nettleton, S. and Burrows, R. (1998) ‘Mortgage Debt, Insecure Home Ownership and Health: an Exploratory Analysis’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 20, 5, 735-757, 1998 [Also published in book form as a Chapter in M. Bartley, D. Blane and G. Davey-Smith (eds) The Sociology of Health Inequalities, Oxford: Blackwells, 1998].
  • Nettleton, S. and Burrows, R. (1998) ‘Mortgage Indebtedness, Ontological Insecurity and Health’ in A. Petersen and C. Waddell (eds) Health Matters Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Nettleton, S. and Burrows, R. (1998) ‘Individualization Processes and Social Policy: Insecurity, Reflexivity and Risk in the Restructuring of Contemporary Health and Housing Policies’ in J. Carter (ed) Postmodernism and the Fragmentation of Welfare London: Routledge.
  • Nettleton, S. (1998) ‘Health Policy’ in N. Ellison and C. Pierson (eds) Contemporary Developments in Social Policy London: Macmillan.
  • McMurray, R. Heaton, J. Sloper, P. and Nettleton, S. (1998) ‘Measurement of Patient Perceptions of pain and disability in relation to total hip replacement: the place of the Oxford hip score in mixed methods’ Quality and Health Care, 8, 228-233


  • Nettleton, S. (1997) ‘Governing the Risky Self: How to Become Healthy Wealthy and Wise’ in R.Bunton and A. Petersen (eds) Foucault, Health and Medicine London, Routledge, 207-222.
  • Nettleton, S. (1997) ‘Surveillance, Health Promotion and the Formation of a Risk Identity’ in M. Sidell, L. Jones, J. Katz and A. Peberdy (eds) Debates and Dilemmas in Promoting Health: a Reader London, Macmillan.
  • Nettleton, S. and Burrows, R. (1997) ‘'If Health Promotion is Everybody's Business What is the Fate of the Health Promotion Specialist?’ Sociology of Health and Illness, 19, 1, 23-47, 1997.
  • Nettleton, S. and Burrows, R. (1997) ‘Knit Your Own Without a Pattern: Health Promotion in the Internal Market’ Social Policy and Administration, 31, 2,191-201 1997.


  • Nettleton, S. (1996) ‘Women and the New Paradigm of Health and Medicine’ Critical Social Policy 16, 3, 33-53.


  • Nettleton, S. and Harding, G. (1994) ‘Protesting Patients: Complaints made to a Family Health Service Authority’ Sociology of Health and Illness, 16, 1, 38-61.


  • Gustafsson, U. and Nettleton, S. (1992)‘The Health of Two Nations: Strategies for Health Promotion in England and Sweden’ International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 12, 3, 1-25


  • Nettleton, S. (1991) ‘Wisdom, Diligence and Teeth: Discursive Practices and the Creation of Mothers’, Sociology of Health and Illness,13, 1, 98-111, 1991. [Reproduced in edited format in Open University Health and Disease: a Reader (1996)]


  • Nettleton, S. (1989) ‘Dentists and Dental Health Education: a Study of the Perceptions of 28 Community Dentists’, Community Dental Health, 6, 47-59.
  • Nettleton, S. (1989) ‘Power and Pain: the Location of Pain and Fear in Dentistry and the Creation of a Dental Subject’, Social Science and Medicine, 29, 10, 1183-1190.


  • Nettleton, S. (1988) ‘Protecting a Vulnerable Margin: Towards an Analysis of How the Mouth Came to be Separated from the Body’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 10, 2, 156-169


  • Nettleton, S. (1986) ‘Understanding Dental Health Beliefs: an Introduction to Ethnography’, British Dental Journal, 161, 4, 145-147.
  • Nettleton, S. (1986) ‘Teach or Treat? Demands for Prevention in Dental Consultations Pose Important Questions’, Health Education Journal, 45, 3, 163-165.