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Thinking pain

Care worker Annika announces that she does not want to go to Mr Moran. “He always complains.” “I’ll go”, says her colleague Robin, and turning to me he says, “I don’t have the intern today so you can come along if you want to see for yourself how it goes”. We head off to assemble the materials for the morning …

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The final station

The sun wakes her up. But Mrs Wijngaard keeps her eyes closed. She is 90 years old and sits quietly in her armchair in her apartment in the nursing home. And lets her thoughts wander. For three months she has been living here now, in an apartment with a living room, one bedroom, private bathroom and a kitchen corner. She …

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Book Forum––Sameena Mulla’s “The Violence of Care”

This article is part of the following series:

From rape as a tool of terror in situations of war and armed-conflict, to the largely unchecked epidemic of sexual assault on and off college campuses, “rape” finds its way into our collective political and social (and popular and legal and cultural and aesthetic) consciousness.  In a study that is exhaustive, intimate, and exacting, Sameena Mulla’s The Violence of Care:

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The Violence of Reductionism

Sameena Mulla’s The Violence of Care: Rape victims, forensic nurses and sexual assault intervention highlights the consequences of reductionism in the medico-legal world. She focuses on the ways that legal requirements shape the interactions between victim, Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) and Victim Advocate, and in particular the temporal aspect of these interactions (e.g. the requirement to collect trace material within …

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Care confounded: the ethnography of intervention into violence

My thanks to Christine Labuski, Julie Livingston and Gethin Rees, who have brought their sharp insights to their reading of my recently published book, The Violence of Care: Rape Victims, Forensic Nurses, and Sexual Assault Intervention. I began this project many years ago as a prelude to research, planning to gain experience as a rape crisis advocate in Baltimore, …

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An Awkward Relationship: The Case of Feminism and Nursing

In the late 1990s, when I was both a new anthropology graduate student and an experienced gynecological nurse practitioner, I underwent a week of intensive training to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE. On our first day, we were asked to share our reasons for being there and, though the details of the other participants’ stories have since …

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