Article ID: CBB055124638

Fear and anxiety: Affects, emotions and care practices in the memory clinic (April 2019)


Swallow, Julia (Author)
Hillman, Alexandra (Author)

Social Studies of Science
Volume: 49
Issue: 2
Pages: 227-244
Publication date: April 2019
Language: English

This paper contributes to the growing recognition in Science and Technology Studies and medical sociology of the significant role of affect in scientific and clinical work. We show how feelings of fear and anxiety associated with dementia not only shape people’s experiences and responses to a diagnosis, but also shape the practices and processes through which assessments and diagnoses are accomplished. What emerges from our research, and provides a distinct contribution to this growing field of study, is the relationship between the uncertainties that pervade the diagnosis of memory problems and the various strategies and practices employed to care for, divert, restrict or manage affective relations. Furthermore, our ethnographic material illustrates the implications of this relationship: on the one hand, it provides opportunities for care work through ‘tinkering’ with diagnostic technologies and extending and opening out diagnostic categories, while on the other, it can form part of healthcare practitioners’ disposal work, restricting opportunities for alternative meanings of dementia to endure.

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Authors & Contributors
Cain, Cindy L
Chiang, Howard Hsueh-Hao
Cunningham-Burley, Sarah
Fisher, Erik
Kerr, Anne
Leahey, Erin
Social Studies of Science
Science, Technology, and Human Values
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Pickering & Chatto
Science and technology studies (STS)
Emotions; passions
Kraepelin, Emil
Time Periods
21st century
19th century
Early modern
17th century
18th century
20th century
World Health Organization (WHO)

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