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Grandparenting Practices around the World$
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Virpi Timonen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340645

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.001.0001

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Second-parenthood realities, third-age ideals: (grand)parenthood in the context of poverty and HIV/AIDS

Second-parenthood realities, third-age ideals: (grand)parenthood in the context of poverty and HIV/AIDS

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(p.89) Five Second-parenthood realities, third-age ideals: (grand)parenthood in the context of poverty and HIV/AIDS
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Grandparenting Practices around the World
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Jaco Hoffman

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.003.0005

Within contexts of poverty and HIV/AIDS in (South) Africa, this chapter positions itself at the interface of the historical-moral engagement of grandparents caring for grandchildren and contemporary social realities and aspirations. The phenomenon of the oldest generation caring for younger generations builds on a long-established continuum of social structures and norms related to intergenerational support. However, in the context of HIV/AIDS they are increasingly being forced to take sole responsibility for their grandchildren, including legal guardianship. In this chapter I argue that the point of departure for these grandmothers is an obligatory contribution perspective which often overrides their own needs and aspirations with implications for their own care futures. During the past decade, however, an increasingly more rights-based / corrective discourse developed through which expectations and demands of younger generations are questioned and the obligatory contribution discourse is contested or at least relativized through negotiation..

Keywords:   (South) Africa, Grandmothers, HIV/AIDS, Older carers, Care futures

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