Features

Thinking with dementia. An introduction to the series

Fourteen stories 

This series is a collection of fourteen stories that are written to ‘think with dementia’. Over the past three years, six PhD students from the anthropology department at the University of Amsterdam have conducted ethnographic research on dementia care in the Netherlands. When the PhD projects came to a close, we organised a workshop to bring our work …

Books

The Reproductive and Carceral Politics of Ambiguity

Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars

Carolyn Sufrin

University of California Press, 2017, 311 pages.

 

Jailcare sheds light on a dark place. The ethnography exposes how care emerges and is nurtured in spaces, like jail, that are not intuitively caring. Sufrin develops the concept of jailcare as a way to understand how jail, a violent and …

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(Anti)Institutional Menses: Our Blood, Our Business

Photo courtesy of “Jane”

Jane started us off by saying “I grew up in the US, so I could never count on having healthcare.” Jane (for whom I’m using a pseudonym) is a midwife, dark hair pulled back in a low ponytail, with a warm look in her eyes. She’s holding a device that looks like a weird experiment, some …

Books

Laura L. Heinemann’s Transplanting Care

Transplanting Care: Shifting Commitments in Health and Care in the U.S. 

Laura L. Heinemann

Rutgers University Press, 186 pp.

 

Heinemann’s work eschews the dramatic moment of transplant surgery in favor of detailing the transplant process as it occurs across space and time, always intertwined within the rhythms and realities of everyday life. Based on 24 nonconsecutive months of fieldwork …

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Technologies of Care: Administering Donated Breast Milk in a South African Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

This article is part of the series:

This is the third installment of the series from the University of Cape Town’s First Thousand Day Research Group. My research traces out the pathways of donated milk from donor to recipient in a state neonatal unit in South Africa (Waltz 2015), to show how care and technologies are interwoven in complex and sometimes surprising ways.

Breastfeeding is widely seen

Books

How did we get here? A review of Yasmin Gunaratnam’s “Death and the Migrant: Bodies, Borders and Care”

death and the migrant cover

Death and the Migrant: Bodies, Borders and Care

by Yasmin Gunaratnam

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013, 208 pages

 

David Tasma, a Polish Jew and survivor of the Warsaw ghetto, died in 1949 in the care of a British nurse, Cicely Saunders. The £500 he bequeathed to Saunders contributed to the founding of the St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, an institution dedicated …