Elana D. Buch
Ph.D., University of Michigan; MSW, University of Michigan
(Social Sciences in Practice (SSIP) Postdoctoral Fellow)
Office: 318C HAINES
341 Haines Hall - Box 951553
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553
Sociocultural and medical anthropology, social work and social policy, caregiving, aging, labor, subjectivity, reproduction of intersecting gender/racial/economic inequalities, Urban U.S.
Elana Buch is a sociocultural anthropologist and social worker whose research focuses on both the politics and everyday practice of caregiving in the urban United States. Dr. Buch's dissertation research examined the ways that paid home care of older adults in Chicago, IL sustained autonomous personhood while also reproducing intersecting forms of racial, class and gender inequality. Her next project examines the moral and political implications of the human costs incurred in the aftermath of war though ethnographic research with injured veterans, their families and their paid caregivers. This new research investigates the ways government programs that provide care for disabled veterans shape novel ethics of intimate relations while reconfiguring the moral relationship between persons and the state. Dr. Buch is active in a variety of professional and advocacy groups working to improve local and federal care policy.
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