Approaching Health in Landscapes An Ethnographic Study with Chronic Cancer Patients from a Coastal Village in Northern Norway

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Chronic cancer patients (CCPs) pay attention and act in response to diverse bodily sensations they experience in everyday life aft er a cancer episode. Here, we analyse how North Norwegian CCPs use their familiar surroundings in an effort to counter bad mood, anxiety and symptoms of relapse and to strengthen their health. The core participants of the anthropological fieldwork over the course of one year were 10 CCPs from a small coastal village in northern Norway. By drawing on Tim Ingold's understanding of taskscape, it is suggested that the participants aft er cancer treatment dwell in and engage with the surroundings of the village, including the core task of staying healthy. The participants are part of and embody the landscape through the temporality of taskscape, related to their ways of dealing with pain, worries and bodily sensations in everyday life.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnthropology in Action
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • approaching health, chronic cancer, landscapes, northern Norway, relapse, taskscape, EXPERIENCES

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