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Unsettling descriptions: attending to the potential of things that threaten to undermine care

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/06/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Qualitative Research
Issue number3
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)426-441
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date8/12/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article explores the potential of describing things at the periphery of our attention. It discusses how our practices of ‘describing collaboratively’ shifted what we attended to in observations of participants in a Swedish gynaecological cancer patient organisation. We show how the care the organisation aims to promote is troubled and seemingly undermined by attending to palliative care. Our aim is to explore the ethico-political potential of describing things that ‘unsettle’ care practices. Building on Feminist Technoscience Studies, arguing that researchers should attend to ‘neglected things’ in order to care for them, we focus on affects, atmospheres and fleeting moments that are overlooked, or threaten to undermine, participants’ practices of care. We show how our descriptions that zoom in on things at the periphery and attend to the elusive, restage what gets to count as care and could support care practices that are more liveable for those concerned. © The Author(s) 2020.