What places? What ageing? Ageing-in-place in contemporary African urbanities

What places? What ageing? Ageing-in-place in contemporary African urbanities

Project status

Ongoing

Project Manager

Catharina Nord


catharina.nord@bth.se

Category/Area

Planning and the built environment

This project is the study of spatial aspects of older people’s ageing and everyday life in contemporary urbanities in Africa: Walvis Bay in Namibia and Jinja in Uganda.

 

The social and economic circumstances in which people in Africa age are subject to rapid changes. Urbanities are highly dynamic places of great complexity, interwoven with older people’s strategies and subjectivities. The urban could be an asset or an obstacle in these processes. A small but growing group of older people live permanently in urban areas. This study is carried out in a former apartheid township for black workers in which older people were previously not allowed to reside. The original housing units have now become ‘family houses’ in which multiple generations live under a single roof to be able to support themselves and provide welfare to those who need it. These housing units have been extensively reconstructed. Backyard shacks behind the units are a common housing alternative for younger older people of working age. Individuals often consider returning to their places of origin in rural areas after retirement. Residential care is seen as challenging family values related to the care of older people – traditionally, this responsibility should be assumed within the family – and it is not currently an accepted housing form.

The project is financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

 

Publications

Nord, C. 2021. Family houses–building an intergenerational space in post-apartheid Namibia. Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue canadienne des études africaines, 1-25.

Nord, C. 2021. Institutional Traits in an African Residence for Older Adults: An Obstacle to Community Care?. Journal of Aging and Environment 1-17.

Nord, C. & Byerley, A. 2020. Translocal optimization: Assembling rural and urban spaces for later life in urban Namibia and Uganda. Journal of Southern African Studies, 46(1), 109-127.

Facts

Duration

2016-

Budget

5 million SEK

Contact Person

Catharina Nord

catharina.nord@bth.se

Participants

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