Ethics of neighborly intimacy among community health activists in Delhi

Emilija Zabiliute

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Abstract / Description of output

What makes community health activism and ethical undertaking/? I examine how among Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in an urban poor neighborhood in Delhi, health work is underscored by relational sensibilities. By primarily situating the inquiry into their everyday lives, and beyond the trajectories of their work, I show how care work and relational commitments among ASHAs exceed the forms of care foregrounding in the public health program protocols. ASHAs operate through ethics of neighborly intimacy – relational knowledge and acts, guided by ethical obligations towards their neighbors, and underscored by the existing dependencies, care, detachments, and differentiation of relationships.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Anthropology
Early online date18 May 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 May 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • community health workers
  • care
  • ethics
  • India
  • neighborly relations
  • urban poor


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