Date of Award
Honors Thesis (Open Access)
Colby College. Anthropology Dept.
Mary Beth Mills
This honors thesis explores the fluctuating and dynamic nature of pediatric cancer care. I discuss the ways in which pediatric medical providers make meaningful interactions both for themselves and for their patients by enacting a caring liminality that allows them to fight disease while also creating a more personal, relational, and social moment of care. Providers care and work in shifting landscapes of care, what I call carescapes. The carescapes of the built environment, of value, and of physical movement all make the provider’s liminality visible. Ultimately, I argue that care is a way of being in the world, a way to make meaning in the midst of sickness and doubt.
care, pediatrics, cancer, liminality, emotional labor, Minnesota
Recommended CitationFriedrich, Anne, "A Constellation of Caring: The Dynamic and Fluctuating Nature of Pediatric Cancer Care" (2015). Honors Theses. Paper 776.
Colby College theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed or downloaded from this site for the purposes of research and scholarship. Reproduction or distribution for commercial purposes is prohibited without written permission of the author.