Towards Interdependence:Using slings to inspire a new understanding of parental care

Whittle, Rebecca (2021) Towards Interdependence:Using slings to inspire a new understanding of parental care. Children's Geographies. ISSN 1473-3285

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Abstract

Based on empirical research with parents who carry their children in slings, I propose what I hope will be a new and more progressive way of understanding of parental care relationships, where ideas of dependence/independence are replaced by those of interdependence. Through engagement with feminist literatures which stress relationality between humans and non-humans, I suggest that it may be helpful to broaden our understanding of parental care from an exclusive focus on the mother–child relationship in order to recognise a wider range of actors as participating in this process – including children themselves and the more than human world. Crucially, I also consider the potential for care to flow in multiple directions within these relationships.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Children's Geographies
Additional Information:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Children's Geographies on 19/07/2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14733285.2021.1955091
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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ID Code:
157025
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Deposited On:
13 Jul 2021 10:05
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Yes
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Published
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03 Jul 2022 00:52