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Lecture 4 Oct 4 Not so nuclear families y Within the community in The Flats swapping is the primary means by which distribution and exchange of limited resources available to the poor is passed aroundy In essence it is a form of trade Ruby Banks quote what goes round comes round represents what Stack calls the rhythm of exchangey That is it is a form reciprocity among the residents in The Flats which everyone relies on to survivey Swapping allow people to maintain basic needs like having food each day despite the unfair scale of high priced rent utilities and necessities in the inner cityy It relies on the collective power within kinbased exchange networks to achieve survival y People cannot be distrustful or else they will never meet their own needs because they cannot cope on their owny Swapping is the most common way for people to interact and build relationships with each othery In the process of exchange people become immersed in a domestic web of a large number of kinfolk who can be called upon for help and who can bring others into the networky In this sense swapping is not only a coping skill for survival but also functions as a building block to achieve strong social ties that connect other members of the communityy It allows everyone to help each other make ends meet if everyone works
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