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Welfare and Self Care

Institutionalized Visions for a Good Life in Danish Day-care Centres

Eva Gulløv

Using the case of early childcare institutions in contemporary Denmark, the aim of the article is to show that welfare entails visions of living that are made manifest through the requirements of everyday institutional practices. The main argument is that welfare institutions are designed not only to take care of people's basic needs but also to enable them to fare well in accordance with the dominant norms of society. This is particularly evident in the case of children. Children are objects of intense normative attention and are invested in as no other social group in order to ensure their enculturation. Therefore, studying the collective investments in children, for example by paying attention to the institutional arrangements set up for them, offers insight into dominant cultural priorities and hoped-for outcomes.

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“Defining Ourselves for Ourselves”

Black Girls Conceptualize Black Girlhood Online

Cierra Kaler-Jones

of the co-researchers mentioned that they felt isolated in not being able to see their friends in person. They asked if we could talk about self-care. We examined definitions of self-care, not in the capitalist framing that tells us we need to buy

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Micro-Practices of Domestic Living

The Self-Care of Older Women in Precarious Circumstances

Irene Götz and Petra Schweiger

outside to the café during the day, in order to escape loneliness and domestic self-care that is no longer possible. What they all have in common is the variety of micro-practices and arrangements that are balanced and individually modulated with the

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In Fortune Fair and Foul

Happiness and Care of the Self in Sir Kenelm Digby's Letter-Book In Praise of Venetia

Paula Barros

indulged in ‘womanish lamentations’ had he died before her. 42 The personal and subjective ethics of self-care that Digby derives from this idiosyncratic stance is formulated in direct opposition to the principles and values outlined in the rich

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Narrating (Sur)face

The Marquardt Mask and Interdisciplinary Beauty

Kallie Strode


As plastic surgery becomes increasingly normalized as an act of self-care, it is essential to consider the ways in which facial beauty has been enacted as data on the surface of the body. Taking seriously the paradox “raw data is an oxymoron,” this article explores how facial beauty has been algorithmized in the recent past as a geometrical proof based on the golden ratio. As an overlay system founded in the late 1990s, the Marquardt Mask claims to beautify any face. Yet, it achieves this universalism via its interdisciplinary exploitation of mathematics and biology. The mask thus participates in a cybernetic paradigm of control by abstracting human faciality as an aesthetic feedback loop evidenced in life and nature.

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About the Cover Image

Jonathan A. Allan, Chris Haywood, and Frank G. Karioris

of the individual and self-care being a key strategy to manage it. That said, and as raised in the introduction to this issue, the pandemic appears to be disproportionately fatal to men, especially those working in low paid occupations and who are

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Black Girl Refusals and Reimaginings: Theorizing Liberatory Black Girlhoods Across the Diaspora

The Black Girlhood Studies Collection

Desirée de Jesus

and Euro-Western conceptualizations of girl agency and empowerment. The chapters that discuss self-care, leadership, and self-love provide crucial insights into the ways in which Black girls develop and exercise their political self

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On Anticipatory Accounts

Adjudicating Moral Being and Becoming in the Los Angeles Mental Health Court

Abigail Jane Mack

person was gravely disabled. The doctor who was trying to keep him in on the involuntary psych hold said that, in her opinion, this gentleman was gravely disabled, and – uh – he had a plan … and it seemed like a reasonable plan of self-care – uh – so, I

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A Sensory Gaze into Embodied, Material and Emplaced Meanings

Midlife Experience of Creative Leisure Occupations

Tamar Amiri-Savitzky, Merel Visse, Ton Satink, and Aagje Swinnen

may precipitate a crisis in meaningfulness ( Altmaier 2020 ). A resulting quest for meaning can be fulfilled by engagement in meaningful occupations ( Hammell 2004 ; Hasselkus 2011 ). ‘Occupations’, those activities of self-care, work or leisure

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Theoretical Perspectives, Methodological Approaches and Ethnographic Insights

Cordula Endter, Anamaria Depner, and Anna Wanka

-material practices. It thus offers a prominent place in transition research to spatiality, materiality and processuality. In their article ‘Micro-Practices of Domestic Living. The Self-Care of Older Women in Precarious Circumstances’, Irene Götz and Petra Schweiger