TOWARDS AN ANTHROPOLOGY OF CARE: CLEANLINESS AND CONSUMPTION IN URBAN ROMANIAN HOUSES
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The anthropology of care has come to the fore in recent years and has produced a number of distinctive and valuable approaches, which this paper characterises as relatedness, care politics, and as value- based. This paper argues that while all these approaches have merits, a better appreciation is required of the silent, embodied sense of care in specific localised contexts. The appreciation of care requires a more precise anthropological language to describe the variety of phenomena referred to, and use of the term care to refer to local manifestations, experiences, emotions and work practices. The author outlines one example of a material culture of care in urban Romania, which reveals how a procedural and creative sense of the domestic is manifested and appropriated through soaps and cleanliness.
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