liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Enduring as a mode of living with uncertainty
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2008 (English)In: Health, Risk and Society, ISSN 1369-8575, E-ISSN 1469-8331, Vol. 10, no 5, 491-503 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In addition to management and control, which in risk research have been studied extensively, there is a diversity and heterogeneity in people's responses to uncertainty that has mostly remained hidden. The aim of my article is to discuss some of the variation in people's ways of 'living with uncertainty,' an expression that is widely applied among many anthropologists and sociologists dealing with research into issues of risk and chronic illness. My intent is to open up and theorise the expression further with the argument that 'living' consists in a variety of actions and practices. I want to attend not only to the different empirical meanings of action and agency as they emerge within the activities of modern everyday life, but also to attend to the kinds of analytical questions that are opened up when action is analysed in its wide variety of modalities, as control, resistance, embracing, and enduring. What then does it mean to endure? According to the ethnographic results, enduring is constituted occasionally just in dwelling, or lingering, or embedded deeply within the everyday. What is created in these processes is ethical agency. The vocabulary of agency that the social sciences have in circulation, however, does not grasp this kind of agency to its fullest extent. This article thus is aimed at contributing to discussions on the relations between the uncertainty of the lived-everyday, which has been brought about by illness, and the varieties of human action by emphasising the potentialities and possibilities this agency has to offer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 10, no 5, 491-503 p.
Keyword [en]
Agency, Enduring, Suffering, Uncertainty
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50065DOI: 10.1080/13698570802408700OAI: diva2:270961
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2012-01-06

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Honkasalo, M.-M.
By organisation
Health and SocietyFaculty of Arts and Sciences
In the same journal
Health, Risk and Society
Natural Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 33 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link