ELUSIVE RISKS: Engaging with the so-called ‘hard-to-reach’ in their communities

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.

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!

Published by Ignacia

Research associate in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge

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