Ask of the carrying body: who may carry? how? when and with whom? with what consequences (constraints on and openings for further action)?
Ask of the carrier technologies used by the carrying body: what is being used? how are those produced and distributed?
|two ways to carry a child while leaving the hands free|
|allows one to do something in front||allows one to carry something on the back but may limit what can be done with the hands|
|carrying the child on the hip without a carrier||
another way to carry the infant on the hip with a carrier that still requires one hand.
Note that this is child who is carrying
|on the back, with no other uses open for the hands (though the arm can be used to carry the bag)||
on the shoulders leaving the hands free.
In the west this carrying mode is strongly gendered: most pictures on a simple search are of men
And also ask: what about the body that is being carried?
As Margaret Mead once put it: "for the babies of each society wriggle in a slightly different way, and one learns from observing the differences" (Mead  2000: 2). By using the verb "wriggle" she suggests that she is not only talking about babies shaping their body but babies attempting to escape something uncomfortable (artificial, arbitrary, historically specific, etc.)