“Stay Safe, Shirley. I’ll See You Shortly!”

Conducting Fieldwork with People with Dementia Before, and (Hopefully) After the Pandemic. CRISTINA DOUGLAS 12th March 2020 I look forward to Thursdays. It’s the day when Sarah and Bonnie, her Labradoodle therapet, visit the care home where I conduct my fieldwork. For the last two months, I’ve been regularly visiting Golden Age Care Home for…

Biosocial Rehabilitation and Building Futures During the Global Pandemic

CATHERINE BORRA For healthcare workers transitioning into new roles to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, there is not much time left to think. Some of us haven’t been on the wards for years, our specialties leading us to explore different corners of health not even remotely related to infectious disease. Yet recent events have led…

Care Labour and Isolation in Italy: New Ethical Challenges Part Two

FRANCESCO DIODATI In the last post, I wrote about the effects of the COVID-19 emergency on elderly care in Italy and the new ethical challenges that emerged in one of the most aged countries in the world under the current crisis. I discussed how the main issue has become how to balance the risk of…

Care Labour and Isolation in Italy: New Ethical Challenges Part One

FRANCESCO DIODATI Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, I’ve decided to make a report on the effects of isolation politics on care labour in Italy, starting from the way the new scenario was reshaping my ethnographic research on elder care in Emilia-Romagna. Emilia-Romagna is one of the northern regions most affected by contagion and…