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Chronic Conditions Public Lecture Series: “Chronicity and Systems of Care in Ghanaian Communities in Europe”
February 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Free
|Dr. Ama de-Graft Aikins is a professor of social psychology and a British Academy Global Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London.Her talk will focus on chronicity and care within Ghanaian communities in London, Amsterdam and Berlin. Drawing on a social psychological analysis of mixed qualitative data gathered from 150 individuals and social, health and religious spaces between 2012 and 2014, it will offer three intersecting insights. At the community level, complex meanings are emerging around the new social reality of chronicity and associated changes to identities, social relationships, economic arrangements and healthcare practices. For chronically ill individuals and their caregivers, a shared set of disruptions have to be negotiated and accommodated, including physical symptoms and debility, psychological, spiritual and emotional difficulties and the conflicting demands of self, medical and social care. At the ideological level, while enculturation shapes meaning making around health risks and outcomes, Ghana represents a symbolic and material space for treatment seeking. This talk outlines how place, migration history and generational status shape nuances across these three domains and consider the implications for long-term care.If you’re interested in engaging with Dr. Aikins during her visit, or would like additional information, please contact KUSawyerSem@ku.edu.