The Dignity of Children: How to Evaluate Bodies’ (Im)Permeability

  • Rafael WainerEmail author
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 52)


This chapter focuses on which subjects and bodies are produced from the everyday (im)permeability that children with leukemia face at a children’s hospital in Buenos Aires and how this affects children’s dignity of life. I will use (im)permeability to think on the formation of particular subjectivities and experiences from the body. I consider the body as the source of dignity of life. Children’s lives are saturated with high and low levels of (im)permeability. Their dignity of life cannot be considered separated from their bodily experience of (im)permeability. Children’s bodies are opening and closing at the same time. These processes are also occurring when looking at health professionals and family members. Thus, it is crucial to understand the experience of these children, families, and different health professionals at the same time since dignity of life is both embodied and relational.


Health Professional Pediatric Hospital Bone Marrow Examination Medical Resident Medical Object 
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I would like to thank everyone who gave their time to be part of my PhD research study and Solen Roth, Ana Vivaldi, and Sandra Youssef for their help with developing my argument in this chapter. I also want to thank the two editors of this book for their encouragement and great editorial skills throughout the writing process of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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