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In the wake: Interpreting care and global health through Black geographies

Hirsch, LA; (2019) In the wake: Interpreting care and global health through Black geographies. AREA , 52 (2) pp. 314-321. 10.1111/area.12573. Green open access

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Abstract

Building on Black geographies and Black studies, this paper offers critical theoretical reflections on global health interventions in postcolonial societies. Drawing on the work of Christina Sharpe, Katherine McKittrick, and Frantz Fanon I suggest that an epistemic approach rooted in Black studies can offer a novel approach to the study of global health interventions, one that centres Black life, which has long been the subject of colonial violence in medical emergencies. I argue that, given the past history of colonialism and medicine, such an approach is warranted if we seek to decolonise the study and practice of global health interventions. By offering what I call “geographies of the wake,” I focus on care's spatial and political entanglements with violence. I make mention of the initial refusal by Sierra Leoneans to seek care in Ebola Treatment Centres and Holding Units and illustrate the spatial aftermath of colonialism and slavery by offering a brief history of one site long associated with care. I ask that this be read as an analytical opening to, not a comprehensive explanation of, Black geographies, global health and medical care.

Type: Article
Title: In the wake: Interpreting care and global health through Black geographies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/area.12573
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12573
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Geography, Black geographies, care, colonialism, Ebola, place, Sierra Leone
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10114166
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