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Towards a comparative anthropology of care [PechaKucha/Lightning Talks] [Age and Generations network]
Jolanda Lindenberg (Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing)
Erica van der Sijpt (University of Amsterdam)
Tanja Ahlin (University of Amsterdam)
Network affiliated Panels
Time zone:
Friday 24 July, 14:00-15:45

Short abstract:

In this panel we discuss how to come to a comparative anthropology of care by thought-provoking presentations on comparative methods, epistemological and/or theoretical frameworks that start from locally embedded practices of care.

Long abstract:

In the last decades, we have seen profound changes in the context of care. These shifts, brought about by neoliberal practices and related changes in views, acts and conditions of solidarity, have been widely studied and discussed in anthropology. Scholars have paid particular attention to changing care policies and politics, public and private care domains, formal and informal care work, and technical-economic and ethical-emotional values, while also highlighting the heightened precarity of both care-givers and care-receivers across the globe (Anttonen & Zechner, 2011; Black, 2018; Buch, 2015; Davis, 2012; Lamb, 2019; Muehlebach, 2012; Twigg et al. 2011; Whyte, 2009). The abundance of ethnographic minutiae illuminating the felt effects of recent global processes contributes to a rich, emergent field called the 'anthropology of care' (Alber & Drotbohm, 2015; cf. Buch, 2014), but also presents methodological challenges. Faced with a plethora of different insights from different care contexts, the question is now whether and how we can compare these findings in order to build a broader understanding of care. In this panel, we will discuss how we can come to a comparative anthropology of care, without neglecting the locally embedded practices of care. We invite brief, thought-provoking, presentations that propose innovative, comparative methods and/or that draw on epistemological or theoretical frameworks allowing for comparative analysis. The aim of the panel is to set the first steps towards pushing the boundaries of our current perspectives and broaden our horizon of the anthropology of care.