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

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Published 02.04.2020.


Christiane Brosius and Roberta Mandoki (Eds.)

Caring for Old Age

Perspectives from South Asia

Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality

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).

Table of Contents
Roberta Mandoki, Christiane Brosius
Caring for Old Age. Perspectives from South Asia: An Introduction
An Introduction
PART I: Caring Places and Spaces
Annika Mayer
Gateways of Ageing: Middle-class Senior Citizens in the National Capital Region of Delhi
Roberta Mandoki
Suburban Elderscapes and “Modern” Modes of Ageing: The Spatiality of Contemporary Urban Ageing in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Christiane Brosius
Caring in / for Place: Old Age in Urban Nepal
Deborah Menezes
“They Cannot Boss Me Around”: Manifesting Agency in Care Homes in Goa, India
PART II: Caring Mobilities
Michele Ruth Gamburd
Migrant Emplacement: Gendered Subjects, State Regulations, and the Discursive Erasure of Elders in Sri Lanka
Tanja Ahlin
Eldercare at a Distance: On Remittances and Everyday Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Indian Transnational Families
Bianca Brijnath
Indians Abroad: Kinship, Capital, and Technology in Transnational Care
PART III: Narratives of Care
Roma Chatterji
Medical Institutions and their Counter-Cultures
Axel Michaels
The “Holy Joint Family” in South Asian Ageing Theories
Ira Raja
No Time to Die: Illness, Ageing, and Death in Three Short Stories from India
Sarah Lamb
Assemblages of Care and Personhood: “Successful Ageing” across India and North America
About the Authors