Wednesday 15 July 2020, 4.00PM to 5.15pm
Speaker(s): Nik Brown and Sarah Nettleton
With newfound relevance in the context of COVID-19, we focus on the coughing body, building on an in-depth qualitative study of three UK lung infection clinics treating people with cystic fibrosis.
Conceptually, we take our cue from Norbert Elias and the way something as physiologically fundamental as coughing becomes the focus of etiquette and technique, touching also on themes central to Mary Douglas’ anthropology of pollution.
This is explored through four themes:
Our conclusion speculates on the way these insights shed light on aspects of life that, until the COVID-19 pandemic, lay largely hidden.
Brown, N, Nettleton, S, Buse, Lewis, A, and Martin, D (2020 in press) The coughing body: etiquettes, techniques, sonographies and spaces. Biosocieties