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Population ageing and international developmentFrom generalisation to evidence$
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Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421920

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421920.001.0001

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Ageing and development in Argentina

Ageing and development in Argentina

(p.170) (p.171) Seven Ageing and development in Argentina
Population ageing and international development

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

Policy Press

The study looks at the case of South Africa and pays particular attention to relationships between later life and race. The history of South Africa has been framed by issues of race and colonisation, and they continue to shape the country's experiences of population ageing until today. Its development was driven by the mining sector, which depended on large supplies of migrant African labour. This gave rise to divided families and complex patterns of social relations. The Apartheid system also formalized discrimination between racial groups, and as a result, experiences of later life vary profoundly across different racial groups. Population ageing is set in a wider context of fertility transition, as well as shifts in life expectancy, living arrangements and the impact of the AIDS epidemic. The chapter focuses on the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on older people, along with the effects of the country's extensive social pension programme.

Keywords:   South Africa, later life, race, social pension programme, population ageing, migrant African labour, AIDS

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