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Ageing in Sub-Saharan AfricaSpaces and Practices of Care$
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Jaco Hoffman and Katrien Pype

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325253

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325253.001.0001

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Negotiating care for older people in South Africa: between the ideal and the pragmatics

Negotiating care for older people in South Africa: between the ideal and the pragmatics

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(p.159) Seven Negotiating care for older people in South Africa: between the ideal and the pragmatics
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Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Jaco Hoffman

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325253.003.0008

This chapter explores the moral space in which care for older persons in need is negotiated. Through a generational sequential approach based on interviews from 20 multi-generational networks in Mpumalanga (South Africa), this contribution analyses the complex nature of the relationship between different generations in the context of poverty and HIV/AIDS, where there is mainly downward support. The findings strongly indicate that both older and younger generations recognise the collective ideal of reciprocal support. The respective generations, however, differ in their views for implementing this ideal. The moral space between the perceived normative ideal and the pragmatics of the moment provides the scope for negotiation to regenerate or contest the care relationship. Differential obligations and priorities of younger generations often leave older generations in need particularly vulnerable in terms of their own future care outcomes.

Keywords:   older persons, care, HIV/AIDS, poverty, moral space, South Africa

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