Extended Practice — Blood work, part 3: Solids

By Mette Terp Høybye and Marie Hallager Andersen

This audio file is the third of three that focus on blood. In this part we invite you to explore the solid parts of the blood (platelets and blood cells) that are carried by the flow and make up the purpose of blood. We invite you to move with this sense of purpose and intention to uncover the connection between the movement in your body and what it means to have form in your research, your thinking or your writing. We invite you to consider what are the ‘solids’, methods and tools that you call on to give form to your ethnographic investigation. How can these reflections help you identify the direction you need to take?


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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.


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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