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Shifting and static attitudes towards intergenerational transfers of care in rural Malawi

Freeman, Emily (2016) Shifting and static attitudes towards intergenerational transfers of care in rural Malawi. In: 2013 BSPS Conference, 2013-09-09 - 2013-09-11. (Submitted)

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This presentation will consider two interwoven, but not necessarily allied, discourses on the practice and expectations of intergenerational transfer of care for older adults in rural Malawi. It will be based on analyses of data produced between 2008 and 2010 using repeat dependent interviews (N=135) with older men and women (N=43) and key informant interviews (N=19) with policy and programme makers. These will be supplemented by fieldwork observations over 11 months, as well as data from a three-month multi-site pilot study, interviews with HIV support groups (N=3) and policy documents. The presentation starts in the villages of southern Malawi. It will explore the centrality of reciprocal exchanges of physical strength (“blood”) and the importance of self-care in older adults’ understandings of old age care without shame. Against this, it will consider the receipt of care in practice and how ‘real life’ – food scarcity, priorities, illness and arguments – distorted the reciprocal exchange. The presentation will then move to Lilongwe, the capital, where in an emerging ageing-focused policy and programme arena, government and civil society stakeholders were engaged in finding a solution to a contested ‘problem’: what should an “African” response be if children could no longer be relied upon to support their parents in old age? In both urban and rural spaces, old age care provided a forum in which national and social identities were constructed and reconstructed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 09:29
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:32

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