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Dependency

The research at the Department of Social Anthropology comprises several subjects. Many of our researchers are interested in related topics and we have currently three research groups. 

Men in suits on a busy street.

Photo: Sasha Zvereva/Unsplash

Across the political spectrum politicians line up to denounce the effects of welfare ‘dependency’ upon local communities and national economies.

But the question of who gets to be described as ‘dependent’ is left largely unexplored.

Why, for example, is the low-paid worker reliant on state support to top-up wages dependent, while the stockbroker who earns millions through ‘networks’ she may have been born into described as ‘independent’?

In this group we seek to ethnographically explore the performative effect of ascribing ‘dependence’ to others as a means of politically shaping the world we live in.

Published Mar. 22, 2017 10:08 AM - Last modified Nov. 13, 2017 12:00 PM

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