Slide1: Dependence, independence and interdependency:
families, farming and the life course
A life course perspective on childhood and later life
Parallels between childhood and later life
Childhood as a model for later life: infantilisation
‘Independence’ within farming communities: the case of Tom Davenport 1 Slide2: 2
(the anthropologist) confronts the same grand realities that others – historians, economists, political scientists, sociologists – confront in more fateful settings: Power, Change, Faith, Oppression, Work, Passion, Authority, Beauty, Violence, Love, Prestige; but they confront them in contexts obscure enough … to take the capital letters off them … that is exactly the advantage. There are enough profundities in the world already (Geertz, 1973:21) Slide3: 3 Slide4: 4 Slide5: 5 Slide6: 6
(from Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas)
All over the town, babies and old men are cleaned and put into their broken prams and wheeled on to the sunlit cockled cobbles or out into the backyards under the dancing underclothes and left.
I want my pipe and he wants his bottle Slide7: 7
Dependence and independence often seen as binary pair.
Dependency seen as property of the person Slide8: 8
Literature on care prioritised the caring relationship and took the condition as read
Literature on disability emphasised its socially constructed nature Slide9: 9
Tom Davenport: dependence, independence and interdependency Slide10: 10
While ‘independence’ or ‘dependency’ may be experienced, empirically, ‘interdependency’ is a useful analytic concept for examining such experiences from a life course perspective Slide11: 11
Moral/affective positions can be sustained by intervening in everyday social life in particular ways. Slide12: 12
Hockey, J. and James, A. (1993) Growing Up and Growing Old, Sage: London
Geertz, C. (1973) The Interpretation of Cultures, Basic Books: New York
Christensen, P., Hockey, J. and James, A. (1999) ‘That’s farming, Rosie …’: Power and Familial Relations in an Agricultural Community’, in J. Seymour and P.Bagguley (eds) Relating Intimacies, Macmillan:Basingstoke.