WiP: Dr Gareth Millward (Warwick) Sick Note Britain: draft materials for book
Gareth is about 18 months into his three-year project about sick notes and sickness certification since the 1940s, and the WiP will discuss his plan to get a book contract and a plan for future research. Any and all comments on any aspect of the project are welcome. Some brief explanatory notes from Gareth and points for feedback:
- There is no hard “word limit” on this, so I’m happy to hear any suggestions on what extra information ought to be included. All suggestions are welcome.
- A lot of the references are far from exhaustive, and many are still notes to Future Gareth to tidy up. Any better references, and places where you feel I should expand the argument would be greatly appreciated.
- Quite a few of the arguments are based on my research to date – which isn’t complete – and might fall apart under the slightest of criticism. Please criticise them! I need to know where to focus my reading and primary research.
- Related to this, the examples I give are intended to give colour. I am aware that they don’t cover a great range of conditions, historical periods or identity groups. A final version will have to include more and will have to be more diverse. So if you have any good examples and/or opinions on the types of stories you’d like to hear, let me know.
So, the core things to get feedback on:
- Is this a book you would read?
- Does this make sense? (i.e. am I either assuming too much knowledge or over-explaining; do certain concepts need far more elaboration?)
- What aspects of this are most interesting to you? (Ideally, I’d like to follow up on strands that a potential audience is most curious about!)
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Sheilagh (Sheilagh.Holmes@warwick.ac.uk) by first thing Monday 25th Feb if you plan to attend, and also let her know of any dietary requirements.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kathryn, Faby and Jane