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Social Issues Research Centre

The Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC) is a non-profit think tank working on social and lifestyle issues. It is based in Oxford, but is not part of, and has no relationship to, Oxford University.

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SIRC has a ‘social intelligence’ unit, monitoring and assessing social, cultural and ideological trends. SIRC's approach has an anthropological and psychological rather than a sociological flavour.[citation needed]

The SIRC has played a central role in advising the government on the development of a "Code of Practice on Science and Health Communication" for communication science issues to the media, which has been criticised for promoting mainstream views and suppressing dissenting voices.

When the SIRC criticised journalists for publishing stories on health scares, the BMJ asked "how seriously should journalists take an attack from an organisation that is so closely linked to the drinks industry?." The commissioning of the SIRC by pharmaceutical industry group HRT Aware to write a well-received report highlighting favourable outcomes from HRT was also noted in an editorial in the BMJ as part of a PR campaign following the 2002 Women's Health Initiative study. The BMJ noted that SIRC shared its leading staff and offices with the research company MCM Research, which asked on its website: "Do your PR initiatives sometimes look too much like PR initiatives?"

The Advisory Board includes the social anthropologists Professor Lionel Tiger, Professor Dwight Heath and Professor Robin Fox.

Directors include

SIRC is partly funded by income from MCM Research, "an Oxford-based company which specialises in applications of social science to real-world issues and problems". SIRC also obtains funding in its own right.

Social Issues Research Centre
Social Issues Research Centre Language Watch Edit The Social Issues Research Centre SIRC is a non profit think tank working on social and lifestyle issues It is based in Oxford but is not part of and has no relationship to Oxford University Contents 1 Organisation and focus 2 Criticism 3 Staff 4 Funding 5 References 6 External linksOrganisation and focus EditSIRC has a social intelligence unit monitoring and assessing social cultural and ideological trends SIRC s approach has an anthropological and psychological rather than a sociological flavour citation needed The SIRC has played a central role in advising the government on the development of a Code of Practice on Science and Health Communication for communication science issues to the media which has been criticised for promoting mainstream views and suppressing dissenting voices 1 Criticism EditWhen the SIRC criticised journalists for publishing stories on health scares the BMJ asked how seriously should journalists take an attack from an organisation that is so closely linked to the drinks industry 2 The commissioning of the SIRC by pharmaceutical industry group HRT Aware to write a well received report highlighting favourable outcomes from HRT was also noted in an editorial in the BMJ as part of a PR campaign following the 2002 Women s Health Initiative study 3 The BMJ noted that SIRC shared its leading staff and offices with the research company MCM Research which asked on its website Do your PR initiatives sometimes look too much like PR initiatives 4 Staff EditThe Advisory Board includes the social anthropologists Professor Lionel Tiger Professor Dwight Heath and Professor Robin Fox Directors include Kate Fox She has published on beauty amp body image the psychology of scent pub behaviour body language etiquette gossip drugs flirting celebrations and stress Peter Marsh best known for work on football hooliganism and the connections between drinking and disorder Funding EditSIRC is partly funded by income from MCM Research an Oxford based company which specialises in applications of social science to real world issues and problems 5 SIRC also obtains funding in its own right References Edit Social Issues Research Centre SourceWatch Ferriman Annabel 11 September 1999 An end to health scares BMJ London 319 7211 716 doi 10 1136 bmj 319 7211 716 ISSN 0959 8138 PMC 1116567 PMID 10480851 Clark Jocalyn 2003 A hot flush for Big Pharma BMJ London 327 7411 400 doi 10 1136 bmj 327 7411 400 ISSN 0959 8138 PMC 1126827 Rampton Sheldon Stauber John 2001 Trust us we re experts pp 14f ISBN 1 58542 139 1 MCM Front PageExternal links EditSocial Issues Research Centre Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Social Issues Research Centre amp oldid 1045731773, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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