Hospice

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I volunteer at Yolo Hospice. It is a non-profit organization that helps those who have less than six months to live and want to have that time as comfortably as possible, often at home.  I hadn’t known about hospice growing up, but the more I learned about the larger medical system we live in, the more I became interested in alternatives to maximal treatment. I have found it quite amazing and caring. The services are provided free of charge to patients and families, and include doctors and nurses expert in pain management, social workers, home health aides, spiritual care, grief counselors, and volunteers. There is a nice article on the gift of hospice.

There are an increasing number of for-profit hospices now appearing. I have not had direct experience with them, but have started hearing of experiences that suggest that there is tension between being for-profit and caring, especially since the patients are not the payers. I fear that the process I studied in Drugs for Life concerning pharmaceutical development will happen to hospice care.

»Introduction to Cultural Anthropology through Debt

Strike Debt

A class for 500 students, 29 sections, 10 Teaching Assistants… any suggestions most appreciated! Objectives: Learn to read social science writing: understand how articles are structured, how data is collected, how arguments are made. Learn to think critically about social science concepts like cultures, practices, performances, economies, friends, family, timings, exchanges, debts, and gifts. Learn Continue reading…

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»Biomedicine as Culture

Biomedicine as Culture

Co-edited with Regula Burri in 2008. Biomedicine as Culture: Instrumental Practices, Technoscientific Knowledge, and New Modes of Life (Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society), best described through contents: Introduction REGULA VALÉRIE BURRI AND JOSEPH DUMIT PART I Social and cultural studies of biomedicine 1 Medicalizing culture(s) or culturalizing medicine(s) STEFAN BECK 2 Metaphors of medicine Continue reading…

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»Haptic Creativity

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Co-authored with Natasha Myers. 2011 “Haptic Creativity and the Mid-Embodiments of Experimental Life,” in Companion to the Anthropology of Bodies/Embodiment.  In this chapter, we present our collaboration working as anthropologists of experimental forms of life. We examine fieldsites where practitioners develop and use computerized visualization technologies. In the process we aim to collaborate with scientists and Continue reading…

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