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Research areas

At the heart of my research is an interest in the diversity and diversification of medical knowledges and practices, and the interplay between health/llness, care practices and social differences, particularly gender.

Empirical interests

Healthcare practices, subjectivities and intersubjectivities
Medical pluralism and complementary and alternative medicine
Change processes, (health) social movements and public participation

Main theoretical interests

The body/ies and embodiment
Care and caring
Feminist/gender theories
Social movement theories

Main methodological interests

Qualitative methodologies, especially ethnographic fieldwork, participant obervation and interview
Methodological creativity, e.g. through developing the use of visual methods in medical anthropology research
Interdisciplinary research

Current research

Livet med Multipel Sclerose: En anthropologisk undersøgelse af (egen)omsorg i hverdagslivet med sygdommen (Living with Multiple Sclerosis: an anthropological study of (self)care in everyday life with MS) 2018-2019

This study explores the ways in which people living with MS and their families and friends mobilise care practices to live a good life with MS.

Funded by Scleroseforeningen (Danish MS Society)

Completed research (selected)

Dialog og rådgivning om alternativ behandling til kræftpatienter (Dialogue and advice-giving about complementary and alternative medicine for cancer patients) (2016-2017).

A collaboration between Kræftens bekæmpelse (Danish Cancer Society), CESSCAM (SDU) and REHPA-Videncenter for Rehabilitering og Palliation (Region Syddanmark/SDU); funded by Sundhedsstyrelsen (Danish Health Authority)

Logics of Care: Men, Masculinities and Healthcare (2014-6)
This study examines men’s healthcare practices in Denmark. It explores how, why and when men of different backgrounds use different forms of healthcare, the meanings they ascribe to their healthcare practices, and whether different masculinities are implicated in different care repertoires.

The ‘Doctor as Drug’: Embodied and gendered competence in clinical encounters (2015)
This study explores how doctors in different medical settings perform competence in their interactions with patients; (with Helle Johannessen)

Evaluating personalized effects of energy healing as an individualized intervention (2013-2014), Centre for Cross-disciplinary Evaluation Studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Citizen's needs and attitudes to complementary and alternative medicine in Europe (2010-2012), CAMbrella)

Herbal healthcare and processes of change: An ethnographic study of women's practice and use of western herbal medicine in the UK (2004-2008)


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