Lectures

Window Work: Framing Eldercare in the Age of COVID-19

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In this blogpost, we draw from our current fieldwork on the island of Ærø, a place which has branded itself as “the digital island”[1], to explore how care workers tinker with screens during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to care for the elderly from a distance.

A New Way of Seeing

Marie is a healthcare worker on the …

Lectures

Risky business: how older ‘at risk’ people in Denmark evaluated their situated risk during the COVID-19 pandemic

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This blog post is a teaser for a longer article to be published in vol 41, issue 2 of the Journal of Anthropology and Aging in November 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with a unique opportunity to examine how societies perceive urgent biological risk, and how they manage population groups who may be susceptible to such risks (cf. …

Lectures

‘Stolen Spring’: Danish elders in plejehjemem under COVID-19 visiting restrictions

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First published in 1940, Hans Scherfig’s The Stolen Spring (Det Forsømte Forår) is both a satirical crime novel and a wry social commentary. Through his description of a school’s sociocultural dynamics and how administrators handle the murder of a teacher, Scherfig pointedly criticises particular patterns and structures in Danish society. As one reviewer wrote: “The small, scared …

Features

Suffering, Agency, and the Value of Early and Late Life

‘Do no harm’ is the first principle in both research ethics and bioethics, conveying an inherent ambiguity in the biomedical imperative to create healthier and longer human lives. As such, both medical intervention and research have always straddled the delicate border between care and violence, exposing how doing good can be easily transformed into or confused with doing harm. This …

Books

Kulick and Rydström’s “Loneliness and Its Opposite: Sex, Disability, and the Ethics of Engagement”

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Loneliness and Its Opposite: Sex, Disability, and the Ethics of Engagement

by Don Kulick and Jens Rydström

Duke University Press, 2015, 376 pages

Access to opportunities for the expression of sexuality occurs in a (fairly) unproblematic way for most of us. Alone or with others, sexual desires can be identified and fulfilled as the need arises, in encounters that involve …