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Lecture | Research Seminar

Fragile Resonance | Jason Danely

Tuesday 2 April 2024
Unfolding Finitudes: Current Ethnographies of Aging, Dying and End-of-Life Care
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
5A23 and online

This edition of the Unfolding Finitudes webinar series will be a hybrid session. Participants are invited to attend in person or online. Please register via the button below. The meeting link will be sent to registered participants one week before the event.

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On Tuesday the 2nd of April Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) will visit us to give a talk about his new book Fragile Resonance: Caring for Older Family Members in Japan and England (Cornell University Press). This talk is organised by the Globalizing Palliative Care research group as part of the Unfolding Finitudes series.

Discussant for this talk will be Tanja Ahlin (University of Amsterdam).

About the book Fragile Resonance

Fragile Resonance: Caring for Older Family Members in Japan and England describes the paths carers take as they make meaning of their experiences and find a sense of moral purpose to sustain them and guide their decisions. When a parent or partner becomes frail or disabled, often a family member assumes responsibility for their care. But family care is a physically and emotionally exhausting undertaking. Carers experience moments of profound connection as well as pain and grief. Carers ask themselves questions about the meaning of family, their entitlement to support, and their capacity to understand and sympathize with another person's pain.

Based on his research gathering stories of family carers in Japan and England, Jason Danely traces how care transforms individual sensibilities and the roles of cultural narratives and imagination in shaping these transformations, which persist even after the care recipient has died. Throughout Fragile Resonance, Danely examines the implications of unpaid carer's experiences for challenging and enhancing social policies and institutions, highlighting innovative alternatives grounded in the practical ethics of care.

About the author Jason Danely

Jason Danely is Reader in Anthropology and Chair of the Healthy Ageing and Care Research Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Network at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author of Aging and Loss (Rutgers University Press), and the co-editor of Vulnerability and the Politics of Care (Oxford University Press), and Transitions and Transformations (Berghahn).

Bookcover Fragile Resonance
Bookcover Fragile Resonance
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