Almost at home: modes of tinkering in hospice

Bernike Pasveer*

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This chapter is about crafting home and care with objects, habits and bodies in dutch hospices. I focus on how hospice residents engage with what hospices offer to them as more or less specific packages of home and care. I will interpret these engagements as breaching experiments (garfinkel 1967). They bring forth more and less implicit assumptions and normativities of home and care built into hospice architectures, staff movements and residents’ whereabouts. It is these breaches, these gaps, that point to the (productive) work that occurs ‘in between’ categories of home and care, life and death, and the promising instability of these ‘inhabited landscapes’ (nading 2014: 19): to the entanglements that unsettle home and care as static sites of home and belonging on the one hand, and institutionalized care on the other.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWays of Home Making in Care for Later Life
EditorsBernike Pasveer, Oddgeir Synnes, Ingunn Moser
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-0406-8
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-0405-1, 978-981-15-0408-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

SeriesHealth, Technology and Society

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