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Lecture | Online webinar

Documenting Death | Adrienne Strong

Tuesday 6 June 2023
Central European Time

Participation is free and open for all. Please register via the button below. The meeting link will be sent to registered participants one week before the event.

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Professor Ruth Jane Prince (University of Oslo) will will be the discussant. 

About the book

Documenting Death: Maternal Mortality and the Ethics of Care in Tanzania is a gripping ethnographic account of the deaths of pregnant women in a Tanzanian hospital with limited resources. Anthropologist Adrienne E. Strong untangles the reasons Tanzania has had so little sustained success in reducing maternal mortality rates, despite global development support, through an exploration of everyday ethics and care practices on a local maternity ward. Growing administrative pressures to document good care serve to undermine good care in practice while putting frontline healthcare workers in jeopardy of moral and ethical repercussions. Maternal health emergencies highlight the vulnerability of hospital social relations and accountability systems, which continue to result in the deaths of pregnant women.

About Adrienne Strong

Dr. Adrienne Strong is a medical anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida and affiliate faculty with the Center for African Studies and the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. Her research focuses on the conditions and dynamics of care in biomedical health care facilities. This began with an interest in maternal mortality in hospital settings and has expanded to include scholarly interests in obstetric violence, gendered dynamics in the nursing profession and care provision in biomedical settings, health system financing from an ethnographic perspective, accountability, pain management practices, care theories, and empirical/everyday ethics.


Cover of Documenting Death
Cover of Documenting Death
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