Extended Practice — Blood work, part 1: Finding your pulse

By Mette Terp Høybye and Marie Hallager Andersen

This Audio File is the first of three that focus on blood. Blood is the vital substance in our body that we hardly notice in everyday life, unless it unexpectedly erupts beyond the surface of the skin, when we get a cut, a nosebleed, donate blood, undergo a medical procedure, go through a menstrual period, or other types of disruptions of the common containment of blood in the body. In this audio file we explore the repetitive journey of blood in the body, carried by the circulatory system and the interrelations between blood, breath, pulse and movement.


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Mette Terp Høybye and Marie Hallager Andersen also wrote a blog Working with Head and Blood and two other Extended Practices to the Somatics Toolkit:

Blood work, part 1: Finding your pulse

Blood work, part 2: Flow

Blood work, part 3: Solids.


Further Reading:

Bildhauer, B. 2013. Medieval European conceptions of blood: truth and human integrity. J Royal Anth Inst, S57-S76.

Carsten J. 2013. ‘Searching for the truth’: tracing the moral properties of blood in Malaysian clinical pathology labs. J Royal Anth Inst, S130-S148.

Despret, Vinciane. 2004. “The Body We Care for: Figures of Anthropo-Zoo-Genesis.” Body & Society 10 (2–3): 111–34.

Dumit J, O’Connor K, Drum D, McCollough S. 2018. “Improvisation.” Cultural Anthropology Websitehttps://culanth.org/fieldsights/1349-improvisation .

Dumit J. 2018. “Notes toward Critical Ethnographic Scores: Anthropology and Improvisation Traning in a Breached World.” In Between Matter and Method: Encounters in Anthropology and Art, edited by M Bakke, G; Peterson, 51–72. New York: Bloomsbury.

Hastrup, Kirsten. 1994. “Anthropological Knowledge Incorporated.” In Social Experience and Anthropological Knowledge, edited by Peter Hastrup, Kirsten; Hervik, 224–40. London: Routledge.

Høybye MT. 2013. Healing environments in cancer treatment and care. Relations of space and practice in hematological cancer treatment. Acta Oncologica; 52(2):440-6.

Ingold, Tim. 2017. On human correspondence. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 23: 9-27.

Jackson, Michael D. 1983. “Knowledge of the Body.” Man 18 (2): 327–45.

Latour, Bruno. 2004. “How to Talk About the Body? The Normative Dimension of Science Studies.” Body & Society 10 (2–3): 205–29.

Olsen, Andrea with Caryn McHose. 2014. The Place of Dance. Middletown CT: Wesleyan University Press.

Pfeffer N & Laws S. 2006. ‘It’s only a blood test’: What people know and think about venepuncture and blood. Social Science & Medicine, 62: 3011-3023.

Tufnell, Miranda & Chris Crickmay. 1993. Body Space Image. Alton, England: Dance Books.

Weston K. 2013. Lifeblood, liquidity, and cash tranfusions: beyond metaphor in the cultural study of finance. J Royal Anth Inst, S24-S41.

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