- Visiting address:
- Thunbergsvägen 3 H
- Postal address:
- Box 631
751 26 Uppsala
My field of interest is Medical Anthropology and Europe.
I am an anthropologist also trained in Conversation Analysis and Visual Methods. I study medical procedures in action, sticking closely to their practical and ethical dimensions.
My current research focuses on triage, the assessment of clinical urgency, and emergency care.
I address issues of ER overcrowding, violence and mistrust by looking at negotiations of needs, vulnerability and legitimacy amidst actors participating to care.
Keywords: body medical anthropology vulnerability global health emergency care medical knowledge ethics of care mistrust
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Doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Uppsala and member of the "Engaging Vulnerability" project:
2014-2015 (academic year):
Master in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Bologna (third session of graduation, march 17th 2016) (research interests: medical anthropology), title of the dissertation: “Beyond Mental Health, Bodies, Objects and Efficacy. An Ethnography of a Sewing Workshop”, graduate full marks with honors.
August 2014- December 2014 (Overseas study period):
Winner of the “Overseas” scholarship to study abroad at “Indiana University” of Bloomington IN, USA.
April 2014- June 2014:
Course on Primary Health Care (PHC), certification of attendance and contribution to the C.S.I. (Center for international Health of Bologna)
Visual Anthropology field research “Sardegna 2012, il Carnevale Barbaricino” with I.R.F.O.S.S. (Institution for Research and Formation on Social Sciences).
Bachelor degree in “Anthropological Science” the University of Bologna (research interests: medical anthropology), title of the dissertation: “The Improper Health, Social Problems in The Emergency Department”, graduate full marks with honors
Working title: On the edge of care
“Improper users” and socio-medical crises in an Italian emergency ward
Mirko Pasquini, PHD student Uppsala University
An estimated 76% of the people who seek medical care in the emergency wards of the province Emilia Romagna in northern Italy don’t belong there at all. They come to the emergency wards because they are elderly and suffer from chronic conditions that don’t require emergency treatment, because they are immigrants who can rely on emergency service, because they are tired of the marathon waiting times to get appointments at general clinics, because they are lonely and want some kind of social contact with others. In Italian, such people are called “improper users”, by medical staff. This research will examine the situation of improper users in order to document the fraught relationship between emergency care and grassroots needs. It will focus on how the appropriateness of patients’ presence in the emergency ward is negotiated during the assessment of clinical urgency (Triage), and what the consequences of those assessments are for patients, medical staff, and for the national health care system in Italy more generally. Focusing on interactions, interviews and participant observation in a specific emergency ward over a 12 months period, research will foreground how patients and providers together negotiate an understanding of patients’ experience, and on how those negotiations are influenced by sociological factors such as ethnicity, class, age, gender and personal history. Theoretically, research draws on treatments of vulnerability that conceive of vulnerability as a productive position rather than as only a wretched state from which people should be liberated. I will highlight how the display of vulnerability can be used to access means of care and other important social resources. The research will address how faking medical emergencies may be a critical practice that is actually re-shaping clinical procedures to meet new grassroots needs.
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