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Rethinking African ageing: growing old in an urbanising Africa

Staudacher, Sandra and Freeman, Emily ORCID: 0000-0001-9396-1350 (2017) Rethinking African ageing: growing old in an urbanising Africa. In: 7th European conference on African studies, 2017-06-29 - 2017-07-01, Basel, Switzerland, CHE.

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Africa is ageing as it urbanises. People are living longer and the continent's already large older population is projected to grow more rapidly than all other world regions. How profoundly is urbanisation changing what it is like to grow old? How are intergenerational social relations and elderhood changing as a result of urbanisation? Who provides long term care when would-be caregivers are employed in cities? How does formalised support for older adults change perceptions of, and attitudes towards, older adults' living and care arrangements? How are older adults' experiences shaped by new communication and transport technologies? How do older Africans live their cities? Or how do they make use of urban cosmopolitan ideas and transnational networks to deal with their health, care and living situation? This panel will bring together research on new spaces of African ageing - in urban and rural settings. It encourages discussion of diverse aspects of ageing in Africa beyond the common dichotomous discourses on modernity, which either portray elderly people as victims being abandoned by their diverging families or as completely independent actors who follow the call for 'active ageing'.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 16 May 2024 11:14
Last Modified: 30 May 2024 12:36

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