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Dr. Ellen Badone

New article by Ellen Badone in Medical Anthropology on COVID and Long-Term Care

Ellen’s article, “From Cruddiness to Catastrophe: COVID-19 and Long-term Care in Ontario” is now published online in Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness. The article is based on 94 phone and Zoom interviews in 2020 with long-term care staff and families of residents.

Jun 18, 2021

From the article:

"I start by documenting the first wave COVID-19 long-term care crisis in Ontario and its extension into the second wave in late 2020 and 2021. A section outlining the structure and funding of long-term care in Ontario follows, with discussion of the ways in which neoliberal policies and for-profit ownership of over half of the long-term care facilities in the province shaped the trajectory of COVID-19 in this sector. Against this backdrop, I then present five deeply contextualized narratives of experience during the crisis. In invoking the concept of “crisis”, I am mindful of the ways in which uncritical use of this term can lead to a view of calamities as the outcome of errors or accidents rather than focusing on the normative conditions that give rise to catastrophic adversity (Barrios 2017, see also Berlant 2007). In the following analysis, I show that although the rhetoric of crisis was used to describe COVID-19’s impact on residents of long-term care in Ontario, this was not an aberrant rupture, but the product of a long-standing, routinized pattern of quotidian policies and practices."

Citation: Ellen Badone (2021) From Cruddiness to Catastrophe: COVID-19 and Long-term Care in Ontario, Medical Anthropology, DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2021.1927023


Dr. Badone's article was also featured in the Hamilton Spectator in an Op-Ed piece by Geoffrey Stevens, Contributing Columnist.