- Being old in times of AIDS: aging, caring and relating in northwest Tanzania
R. van Dijk
- Award date
- 9 December 2011
- Number of pages
- Leiden: African Studies Centre
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
The HIV/AIDS epidemic in northwest Tanzania has profoundly shaped the experience of growing old. Older men and women take on new care tasks, such as caring for orphaned grandchildren and nursing dying patients. Yet, at the same time, while the elderly grow older, their own old-age care becomes increasingly uncertain. Situating older people’s stories in debates around kinship and relating, this detailed ethnographic account captures the diverse experiences of growing old in the era of AIDS and shows how this process implies a tension between the increased necessity to forge relations of care and the confrontation with the aging body.
- African studies collection vol. 37
Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
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