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Who Cares? A Discussion on Care from Edinburgh’s Centre for Medical Anthropology

On 11th May 2016 the Students of Medical Anthropology (SoMA) at University of Edinburgh, the student group within Edinburgh’s Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA) held their inaugural event, a symposium entitled ‘Who Cares?’

As early career scholars in medical anthropology working across a variety of health-related contexts, we (SoMA) realised that care as a theme was present in all …

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Why should we care? A discussion.

What is Care?

The conversations at this symposium critically engaged with care to consider what the parameters of care are and how the concept can help us to interrogate the connections between kinship, medicine, exchange, and power. A question posed numerous times was ‘what does care mean?’ In the roundtable discussion, Stefan Ecks pointed out that the meaning of care …

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Care and Community in experiences of trichotillomania

This paper is based on recent fieldwork within the community of people living with trichotillomania in the United Kingdom and United States. Trichotillomania (‘trich’) is a compulsive condition that causes people to pull out their own hair. It is considered a kind of body-focused repetitive behaviour (BFRB), an umbrella term which includes hair pulling and skin picking. As well as …

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