Care in Practice

On Tinkering in Clinics, Homes and Farms

Edited by Annemarie Mol, Ingunn Moser, and Jeannette Pols

Transcript-Verlag

Care in Practice

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Pub Date: June 2010

ISBN: 9783837614473

326 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $35.00

Care in Practice

On Tinkering in Clinics, Homes and Farms

Edited by Annemarie Mol, Ingunn Moser, and Jeannette Pols

Transcript-Verlag

In what way is care a matter of tinkering? Rather than presenting care as a (preferably "warm") relation between human beings, the various contributions to the volume give the material world (usually cast as "cold") a prominent place in their analysis. Thus, this book does not continue to oppose care and technology, but contributes to rethinking both in such a way that they can be analysed together. Technology is not cast as a functional tool, easy to control – it is shifting, changing, surprising and adaptable. In care practices all things are (and have to be) tinkered with persistently. Knowledge is fluid, too. Rather than a set of general rules, the knowledges (in the plural) relevant to care practices are as adaptable and in need of adaptation as the technologies, the bodies, the people, and the daily lives involved.
This book can be considered as an important contribution in the research of care in practice. It moves beyond theories of care by choosing practices as starting point to evaluate and improve theoretical insights. This approach is able to present new and surprising insights and for that it is valuable for every qualitative researcher in care practices. Elleke Landeweer, Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy, 3 (2011)

About the Author

Annemarie Mol is Socrates Professor for Social Theory, Humanism and Materialities in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. Ingunn Moser is Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Department of Nursing of Diakonhjemmet University College in Oslo. Jeannette Pols is Senior Researcher in the Medical Ethics section of the Department of General Practice of the University of Amsterdam.