Enduring Cancer

Life, Death, and Diagnosis in Delhi

Enduring Cancer

Critical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography

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Book Pages: 248 Illustrations: 32 illustrations Published: August 2020

Anthropology > Medical Anthropology, Asian Studies > South Asia, Medicine and Health > Global Health

In Enduring Cancer Dwaipayan Banerjee explores the efforts of Delhi's urban poor to create a livable life with cancer as they negotiate an over-extended health system unequipped to respond to the disease. Due to long wait times, most of the urban poor do not receive a cancer diagnosis until it is too late to effectively treat the disease. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in alongside the city's largest cancer care NGO and at India's premier public health hospital, Banerjee describes how for these patients, a cancer diagnosis is often the latest and most serious in a long series of infrastructural failures. In the wake of these failures, Banerjee tracks how the disease then distributes itself across networks of social relations, testing them for strength and vulnerability. Banerjee demonstrates how living with and alongside cancer is to be newly awakened to the fragility of social ties, some already made brittle by past histories, and others that are retested for their capacity to support.



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Dwaipayan Banerjee is Assistant Professor in the Program of Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and coauthor of Hematologies: The Political Life of Blood in India.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0955-9 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0862-0