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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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Place matters: the home as a key site of old-age care in coastal Tanzania

Place matters: the home as a key site of old-age care in coastal Tanzania

(p.95) Four Place matters: the home as a key site of old-age care in coastal Tanzania
Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa

Brigit Obrist

Policy Press

Grounded in ethnographic field research in Tanzania, this chapter asks what happens when older people become restricted in their movements. It shows that for old, ill and disabled people in coastal Tanzania the home becomes a place of particular importance. However, as the chapter illustrates with detailed case studies, the home should not just be considered in its material sense, as an enclosed and demarcated space, but rather as a lived space interacting with the broader lived spaces of care. Introducing the term ‘carescapes,’ the chapter argues that lived spaces of care are created at the intersections of the home in its material sense, embodied people, and the broader society. The everyday care of frail and disabled older people occurs at these shifting intersections, but only close kin – in a social rather than a geographical sense – are involved in the provision of intimate, personal care and livelihood.

Keywords:   frail and disabled older people, spaces of care, carescapes, coastal Tanzania, personal care

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