Tag: daily life

Chronic living: ethnographic explorations of daily lives swayed by (multiple) medical conditions by Ayo Wahlberg

Ayo Wahlberg , February 25th, 2021


On the 12th of January 2020, the World Health Organization confirmed that the “mystery virus” which, according to reports from China, had infected some 50 people in the…


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Restoring the balance: Living well with pain by Else Vogel

Else Vogel , April 12th, 2019


Like dementia, persistent pain comes with irreparable losses: physical restrictions, strained relationships, financial problems, perished dreams and ambitions. Both conditions require ethnographers an…


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Thinking pain by Annelieke Driessen

Annelieke Driessen , October 1st, 2018


Care worker Annika announces that she does not want to go to Mr Moran. “He always complains.” “I’ll go”, says her colleague Robin, and turning to me he…


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The House by Laura Vermeulen

Laura Vermeulen , September 24th, 2018


The question of how Willem was coping, alone in the big house, had come to concern many of those surrounding him. Over the past couple of months, Willem…


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The final station by Susanne van den Buuse

Susanne van den Buuse , September 24th, 2018


The sun wakes her up. But Mrs Wijngaard keeps her eyes closed. She is 90 years old and sits quietly in her armchair in her apartment in the…


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Burning down the house: When crisis becomes daily life in early-onset dementia by Silke Hoppe

Silke Hoppe , September 24th, 2018


For my doctoral research, I interviewed family members living with a loved one with early-onset dementia, a diagnosis that one receives under the age of 65. Jans, not…


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George, the dog by Emily Yates-Doerr

Emily Yates-Doerr , September 24th, 2018


Babe, my grandpa, was born on the kitchen tiles of a small Seattle home. His dad, whose own grandpa had run a seedy downtown brothel, would disappear and…


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Strangers in unfamiliar environments: Struggles for subjectivity in a dementia care ward by Ingunn Moser

Ingunn Moser , September 24th, 2018


During fieldwork on dementia care in a nursing home, I was struck by the complex and layered orderings of space, time and subjectivity in daily life on the…


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Thinking with spirits by Kristine Krause

Kristine Krause , September 24th, 2018


During my first visit to Ghana in 1998, I was involved in a research project that looked at possible co-operations between healers and psychiatric clinics. I stayed in…


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Refraction of daily life by Jeannette Pols

Jeannette Pols , September 24th, 2018


Attending to what makes up ‘the everyday’ has long been a challenge for scholars in the social sciences. [1] Researchers from different disciplines and perspectives have explored how mundane…


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Routines of everyday life

The Anxious Anthropologist , October 10th, 2015


It is a classic observation of anthropologists that we seek to document the everyday activities of people within various cultural contexts in order to provide evidence for making…


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What ordinary Chinese people post on social media after the Tianjin Blast

Xin Yuan Wang , August 24th, 2015


“For two days, my WeChat news feeds has been awash with all kinds of articles and images about the Tianjin blast. But after merely two days, the routine…


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It’s not just about Chinese migrant workers

Xin Yuan Wang , June 22nd, 2015


Chinese female migrant workers working in a local reflective vest workshop. Photo by Xinyuan Wang A question always strikes me as I write up ethnography and prepare for…


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