How to Cite

Brosius, Christiane and Mandoki, Roberta (Eds.): Caring for Old Age: Perspectives from South Asia, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2020 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Volume 8).


ISBN 978-3-947732-94-4 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-3-947732-95-1 (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-947732-93-7 (PDF)




Christiane Brosius, Roberta Mandoki (Eds.)

Caring for Old Age: Perspectives from South Asia

Many societies are experiencing growing longevity and population ageing simultaneously with increasing urbanization and mobilities. Such fundamental demographic and structural shifts have been reflected in a multitude of narratives and strategies how to “age well” in view of rapidly transforming environments, mobilities of people and changing social relations. This volume explores the transcultural dimensions of ageing and care through close-up ethnographic and literary case studies in South Asia, as well as one European case study from a South Asian researcher’s view. By critically engaging with Eurocentric aspects in ageing studies, the eleven contributions of this volume highlight how perspectives from the Global South shed light on transcultural entanglements and connectivities of experiences of care and ageing.

Christiane Brosius is professor of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). Her research is strongly related to urban, media, and visual cultures in South Asia (India and Nepal), in particular on urban transformation, art production, and cultural heritage. She has led several research projects on transcultural entanglements between South and East Asia and Europe.

Roberta Mandoki is a doctoral candidate at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). Her research focusses on ageing, care, and family and urban anthropology in the Global South, in particular in South Asia. Together with the visual anthropologists Annika Mayer and Jakob Gross, she published the interactive online documentary Elderscapes: Ageing in Urban South Asia (2016).