Ataya – the HUMA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series


In Southern Africa, family care of older persons is the dominant, and often only, means of support. The presentation looks at family care of older persons and situates local conceptualisations of care against dominant care discourses to highlight the divide between global academic and policy hegemony and the contrasting, context-sensitive analysis of care practices of older persons. Global models of elderly care that derive from Anglo- and Euro-centric hegemonies of age, biology, frailty, independent living, transition and need must be carefully assessed in relation to the local to ensure that care is appropriate and sustainable.