“They cannot boss me around”: Manifesting Agency in Care Homes in Goa, India

Deborah Menezes

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Abstract

This paper provides a deeper understanding of agency among the residents of care homes in India, who are constrained by their limited access to institutional power and control. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in three care homes in Goa, India, including participant observation and interviews, this article discusses everyday forms of agency, as manifested by the residents within the frameworks of power prevalent in the homes. My discussion throughout is built on two pillars—agency as a manifestation of identity, and agency as a form of resistance. Accounts from the residents were explored through them. By adopting a viewpoint which neither unnecessarily romanticizes the struggles of the residents nor falls prey to arguments about residents as passive victims, I have uncovered and understood better the residents’ stories of preserving their individual identity through their agency within the surrounding framework of power.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2015
EventNew Approaches to Ageing in South Asia and Europe Workshop: organized by Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context - University of Heidelberg at Goethe-Institute, New Delhi, India
Duration: 24 Feb 201526 Feb 2015

Workshop

WorkshopNew Approaches to Ageing in South Asia and Europe Workshop
CountryIndia
CityNew Delhi
Period24/02/1526/02/15

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