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Ageing in Sub-Saharan AfricaSpaces and Practices of Care$
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Jaco Hoffman and Katrien Pype

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325253

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325253.001.0001

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Introduction: Spaces and practices of care for older people in Sub-Saharan Africa

Introduction: Spaces and practices of care for older people in Sub-Saharan Africa

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(p.1) Introduction: Spaces and practices of care for older people in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Jaco Hoffman

Katrien Pype

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325253.003.0001

This introduction aims to set up and initiate a conversation among social researchers about informal–formal/private–public spaces and practices of care for sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) vulnerable older populations. Against the background of changing demographic and cultural trends in SSA generally, this chapter emphasises heterogeneity in ageing experiences, policies and practices in terms of their embeddedness in different geographies, spaces and multi-disciplinary configurations. Heterogeneity in terms of enabling/disabling environments, liveability, gender, welfare regimes, stage of the demographic transition (timing) within and across localities are increasingly being recognised by policymakers, planners, service providers and older people themselves.

Keywords:   ageing, older people, sub-Saharan African, practises of care, heterogeneity

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