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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

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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)

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6 (from Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas) First voice 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. Old man I want my pipe and he wants his bottle

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7 Dependence and independence often seen as binary pair. Dependency seen as property of the person

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8 Literature on care prioritised the caring relationship and took the condition as read Literature on disability emphasised its socially constructed nature

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9 Tom Davenport: dependence, independence and interdependency

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10 While ‘independence’ or ‘dependency’ may be experienced, empirically, ‘interdependency’ is a useful analytic concept for examining such experiences from a life course perspective

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11 Moral/affective positions can be sustained by intervening in everyday social life in particular ways.

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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.

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