Beyond biomedical spaces, my fellowship seeks to better understand why only some people can genuinely participate in narratives of ‘biomedical progress’ and how those experiences impinge upon emic notions of trust and belonging.
The CRUK pump-priming grant ‘ Elusive Risks’, (2019-2021) has explored the social worlds of ‘structurally vulnerable’ communities in Cambridgeshire and how their experiences of care and risk inform their strategies to prevent disease and live well. To read more information about the rationale behind the project, click here: https://www.socanth.cam.ac.uk/news/engaging-so-called-hard-reach-cancer-field-research
Our stint of fieldwork and ongoing relationship with some of the groups we met has led to an opinion piece and forthcoming book chapter.
- Arteaga, I., Robinson, K. Macdonald, M. (2020) How to Track and Trace: Look for the superlocals. BMJ Opinion. Available at: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/09/10/covid-19-test-andtrace-look-for-the-superlocals-to-access-hard-to-reach-groups/
- Robinson, K. & I. Arteaga. [Forthcoming] ‘Hard-to-Reach’? Meanings at the margins of Care and Risk in Cancer Research. Bennet, L., Manderson, L., Spagnoletti, B. (Eds) Cancer Ethnographies: Inequalities, Embodiments and Interventions in Global Perspective. London: UCL Press.
To wrap-up this project, Kelly and I are organising an arts-based exhibition and roundtable event with community representatives, academics and health professionals. Depending on social-distancing restrictions, we hope to make it happen off-line in September 2021. Stay tuned for more information!