Making good of crisis: Temporalities of care in UK mental health services

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A paradoxical concept of crisis has come to dominate contemporary understandings of suffering and care; as that which will reach a critical turning point, while also being chronic and enduring. I analyze this temporal enigma through an ethnography of mental health care practitioners in the UK who see themselves as embedded in a crisis-stricken care system, yet attempt to reformulate their therapeutic approach to crisis in productive ways: to make “good” of crisis. I argue that their efforts to make good in and of the temporal interstices of crisis disclose care as temporally unstable as well as ethically ambivalent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-328
JournalMedical Anthropology
Issue number3
Early online date21 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2022


  • UK
  • care
  • crisis
  • temporality
  • ethics
  • mental health


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