A Political Medicine paper

A Political Medicine: Trust and Power in Ferguson
Anarchist Directions in Cultural Studies, forthcoming.
© 2015 A.G. Keller, CC BY-SA.


After participating as a street medic in the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, I collected archival documents and conducted focus groups to discover what street medics did, how participants defined politics, and how street medics helped or hindered political power.

I presented on the material at the 2015 Anarchism and the Body conference at Purdue University before writing the following paper. I found these conversations and this paper useful for understanding uprisings and how to do a better job preparing people to support participants in social unrest.

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1 Intro: Help This Woman! 1
2 First Distinction: Nursing, Medicking, Ministering 3
3 The Affective and Relational Field 5
3.1 Gualaman
3.2 Andrea
3.3 Mama Cat
4 Internal Conflict 9
5 Becoming Political 11
5.1 The Status Quo
5.2 The Concept of the Political
5.3 Persuasion and Coercion
5.4 War
6 Becoming Powerful 17
6.1 Political Power
6.2 Trust: How Power Grows Outside Law
7 Did Medic Practices Build Political Power? 22
7.1 Evaluating Medics
8 Conclusion 32
9 References 33

You might also like to look at the outline and slides of the "A Political Medicine" oral presentation; Anarchism and the Body conference, Purdue University, Jun 2015.

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