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The Resource Life beside itself : imagining care in the Canadian Arctic, Lisa Stevenson

Life beside itself : imagining care in the Canadian Arctic, Lisa Stevenson

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Life beside itself : imagining care in the Canadian Arctic
Title
Life beside itself
Title remainder
imagining care in the Canadian Arctic
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Stevenson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In Life Beside Itself, Lisa Stevenson takes us on a haunting ethnographic journey through two historical moments when life for the Canadian Inuit has hung in the balance: the tuberculosis epidemic (1940s to the early 1960s) and the subsequent suicide epidemic (1980s to the present). Along the way, Stevenson troubles our common sense understanding of what life is and what it means to care for the life of another. Through close attention to the images in which we think and dream and through which we understand the world, Stevenson describes a world in which life is beside itself: the name-soul of a teenager who dies in a crash lives again in his friend's newborn baby, a young girl shares a last smoke with a dead friend in a dream, and the possessed hands of a clock spin uncontrollably over its face. In these contexts, humanitarian policies make little sense because they attempt to save lives by merely keeping a body alive. For the Inuit, and perhaps for all of us, life is "somewhere else," and the task is to articulate forms of care for others that are adequate to that truth"--
  • "This ethnographic study examines two historical moments in the Canadian Arctic: the Inuit tuberculosis epidemic (1940s to the early 1960s) and the subsequent suicide epidemic (1980s to the present). The colonial Canadian North was imagined as a laboratory for a social experiment to transform Inuit into bona fide Canadian citizens by, among other things, reducing their death rate. This experiment demanded Inuit cooperation with the forms of anonymous care the state provided--including the evacuation of tubercular Inuit Southern Sanatoria, which left many Inuit families without the story or image of their loved one's death. A similar indifference to who lives or dies is manifest in the adoption of the "suicide hotline"--An explicitly anonymous form of care where caregivers exhort unidentified Inuit to live while simultaneously expecting them to die. Through attention to the images through which people think and dream, Stevenson describes a world in which life is "beside itself": the name-soul of a teenager who dies in a crash lives again in his friend's newborn baby, a young girl shares a last smoke with a dead friend in a dream, the possessed hands of a clock spin uncontrollably over its face. For the Inuit, life is "somewhere else," and Stevenson attempts to articulate forms of care adequate to that truth"--
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Stevenson, Lisa
Dewey number
362.19699/5008997124
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
RC314
LC item number
.S74 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
WF 205 DC2
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Inuit
  • Tuberculosis
  • Inuit
  • Tuberculosis
  • Canada
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Inuit
  • Tuberculosis
  • Canada
  • Medicine
  • Health & Biological Sciences
  • Infectious Diseases
Label
Life beside itself : imagining care in the Canadian Arctic, Lisa Stevenson
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Life Beside Itself; Title; Copyright; Contents; Prologue: Between Two Women; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Facts and Images; 2. Cooperating; 3. Anonymous Care; 4. Life-of-the-Name; 5. Why Two Clocks?; 6. Song; Epilogue: Writing on Styrofoam; Notes; References; List of Illustrations; Index
Control code
884725892
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520958555
Lccn
2014006556
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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22573/ctt74qftz
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)884725892
Label
Life beside itself : imagining care in the Canadian Arctic, Lisa Stevenson
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Life Beside Itself; Title; Copyright; Contents; Prologue: Between Two Women; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Facts and Images; 2. Cooperating; 3. Anonymous Care; 4. Life-of-the-Name; 5. Why Two Clocks?; 6. Song; Epilogue: Writing on Styrofoam; Notes; References; List of Illustrations; Index
Control code
884725892
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520958555
Lccn
2014006556
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt74qftz
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)884725892

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