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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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Young people’s caring relations and transitions within families affected by HIV

Young people’s caring relations and transitions within families affected by HIV

(p.232) (p.233) Chapter Nineteen Young people’s caring relations and transitions within families affected by HIV
Family troubles?

Ruth Evans

Policy Press

This chapter analyses the findings from two qualitative studies of young people’s caring roles in families affected by HIV in the UK, Tanzania and Uganda, from the perspective of a feminist ethic of care, emotion work and life course transitions. The majority of the UK families interviewed were recent migrants and refugees of black African ethnicity. Ill-health (in this case a family member affected by HIV or AIDS) is a potential (but not inevitable) source of family trouble - in ‘African’ families, young people’s contribution to care and household work are more culturally accepted than where Western norms prevail, though the clash of African and Western expectations of childhood may become troublesome, especially when young people move to the UK. The author conveys the complexity of the emotions and multiple meanings and directions of care between parents with HIV and their children in these family relationships, with some scope for perceiving some benefits from their troubles, although wider structural, cultural and material issues also shape their experiences. She argues that it is exploitation, vulnerability and (lack of) resources beyond the household that contribute significantly to troubles, rather than young care-giving per se.

Keywords:   Young people, Caring, Families, HIV, Culture, Childhood, Troubles

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