Linda C. Garro

Visiting Research Associate


Health as a Family Matter: Health and Well-Being as Enacted in Dual-Earner Middle-Class Family Life in Los Angeles

Linda C. GarroLinda C. Garro2011–2012 Visiting Research AssociateLinda C. Garro2011–2012 Visiting Research Associate

While at SAR, Dr. Garro advanced work exploring health and well-being as part of family life, using data from a larger, collaborative research project involving thirty-two middle-class families living in and around Los Angeles that was carried out by the Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) at UCLA. While the medical anthropological literature, across a variety of cultural settings, has long pointed to the critically important role of family life with regard to health and illness, little research examines the on-the-ground processes through which matters of health and well-being are taken up in everyday family contexts. Rather, much of the existing research relies on interview data to explore how individuals think about health. The CELF study uses mixed methods, including video-recordings of everyday family life obtained over a period of four days and an interview on health and well-being completed with both parents present. By making the little-studied realm of everyday family life accessible to analysis, the CELF video recordings provide an unparalleled opportunity to observe the dynamics of family life in relation to matters of health and well-being. And in contrast with studies that rely upon on a single method, the CELF study affords a unique opportunity to bring different types of data into analytic dialogue with the goal of elucidating the realm of health and well-being within the microcultural context of an individual family.

Affiliation at time of award:
Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California

Sponsored by UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

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