Beauty Umana

Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

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Beauty is an interdisciplinary scholar drawing on sociolinguistics and health policy. Her current project focusses on TB stigma in South Africa, aimed to illuminate how language commonly associated with TB prevention and treatment may be a vehicle for its implicit stigmatization.The study employs critical discourse analysis methodology to examine policy documents and clinical guidelines for TB testing and management. Informed by an interpretive paradigm, the primary aim of the study is to reveal how language is utilized to manufacture social and normative experiences, feelings, and public health responses to TB.

Beauty has a PhD in Sociolinguistics from University of Cape Town, South Africa, and an MA in Health Policy & Equity from York University, Canada. Her broader research interests include language policy, women’s health, TB stigma and vulnerability, and other disease-related stigma.

She holds an adjunct lecturing position in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She has also contributed to teaching at York University’s School of Global Health and Trent University’s Department of Communication. Previously, she lectured in the Department of Dental Sciences at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, where she taught advanced academic competencies at the undergraduate level.

Tags Stigma
Geographies South Africa

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