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Comparative Tinkering with Care Moves
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2016 (English)In: Practicing Comparison. Revitalizing the Comparative Act / [ed] Deville, J. et al., Manchester: Mattering Press , 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)Text
Abstract [en]

This chapter stems from ethnographic fieldwork in the United States and Sweden. This work traces relations between people and technology as they come together in gatherings or socio-technical collectives for care. These hetergenious collectives situate interrelated consequences for the human and nonhuman actors concerned, but these are rarely smooth. Instead, they comprise ongoing tensions or frictions, which situate multiple acts of negotiation or tinkering. In this way, 'care moves' offers a conceptual-empirical figure for fine-tuning ethnographic attention to care as a rough and tinkered process. It denotes an analytical emphasis on care as a mediating phenomenon interwoven with collective relations on the move, empirically and conceptually, that entai both effects and affects. At the same time, the chapter does not seek a standardised social scientific comparison of two national healthcare systems. Rather than rely on established categories, it focuses on how to ethnographically tinker together - and thus care with - transnational comparisons in a more fluid manner. As such, it seeks an experimental and ethnographic approach sensitive to the specific ways care moves with its collective relations.

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Manchester: Mattering Press , 2016.
Keyword [en]
research methods, comparison, ethnography, senior home care, Sweden, United States
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Social Anthropology Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-292803ISBN: 978-0-9931449-0-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-292803DiVA: diva2:926711
Available from: 2016-05-09 Created: 2016-05-09 Last updated: 2016-05-12

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