A Department of Health and Society professor’s latest book has received an Honorable Mention at the Canadian Sociology Book Awards.
Associate Professor Laura Bisaillon’s book Screening Out: HIV Screening and the Canadian Immigration Experience explores the medico-legal and administrative practices governing immigration to Canada, following the application process of a woman from sub-Saharan Africa and her interactions with doctors, state officials and bureaucrats. Bisaillon argues mandatory HIV screening involves a set of institutional practices that are highly problematic for immigrants living with HIV.
The award was created by the Canadian Sociological Association to celebrate Canadian publications that advance the study of sociology. The judges noted, “The adjudication committee recognized this book as an example of rigorous and reflexive sociology, situated knowledges, and an exceptional narrative that combines sociological theory and methods, and social justice aims."