Silent saviours: family members in a Bangladeshi hospital.

Anthropology & medicine

PubMedID: 24004293

Zaman S. Silent saviours: family members in a Bangladeshi hospital. Anthropol Med. 2013;.
This paper is based on a larger ethnographic study that was conducted in a public hospital in Bangladesh and explores the experiences of family members who have kin in the hospital. The paper shows that family members are an integral part of the informal organisation of the Bangladeshi hospital. The obvious presence of family members in the ward has both structural and cultural dimensions. On one hand, it demonstrates the scarcity of manpower in the hospital, which is a result of general poverty in the country, and on the other hand, it manifests the deep cultural value of family in Bangladeshi life. The paper also shows how the hospital is an ambiguous space where both biomedical and domestic practices function simultaneously.