About the Author

Lucia Artner

E-Mail: Artnerl@uni-hildesheim.de

Website: http://pflegederdinge.de/englishsummary

Lucia Artner studied Cultural Anthropology, European Ethnology, and Recent History at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. She currently works as a research assistant at the Institute of Social Work and Organizational Studies at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. Her research interests include material culture studies and science and technology studies, nursing and care work, feminist and gender studies, transnationalism, and organizational research.

Contributions by Author: Lucia Artner

Pot and Power

The Role of the Nonhuman in a Very Human Business

The significance of material objects (which we define as the ‘nonhuman’ in this paper) in the formation of culture and cultures is unchallenged, not just since the term “material turn” was coined some decades ago. [1], [2] In our following deliberations, we explore the constitutive role of the nonhuman in historical and contemporary socio-cultural formations in a context which is said to be ‘human-centered’: the daily care of people of various ages with disabilities or illnesses. Accordingly, we define material objects which are produced for and/or used in care and nursing settings (such as toilet chairs, urinals or incontinence draw sheets) as the non-human: they are the consumable material appliances utilized when people care for other people.