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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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Caring for people ‘without’ value: movement, reciprocity and respect in Kinshasa’s retirement homes

Caring for people ‘without’ value: movement, reciprocity and respect in Kinshasa’s retirement homes

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(p.43) Two Caring for people ‘without’ value: movement, reciprocity and respect in Kinshasa’s retirement homes
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Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Katrien Pype

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325253.003.0003

This chapter aims to bring the retirement home into the conversation about care services in African societies. While there are indeed not that many retirement homes operating on the continent, they nonetheless exist and are part of the urban landscape. The analysis includes the relations between the residents of Kinshasa’s retirement homes and their relatives, the state, the church, and sponsors. A focus is on the movement between the city and the home de vieillards. Economic, social, religious and cultural parameters push certain individuals to take up residency in a retirement home; these are regularly visited by donors steered by economic and/or political ambitions. It will be shown that, while for many, elderly people are considered to be “without value”, the indigents actually play an important role in personal, collective and corporate strategies.

Keywords:   Kinshasa, retirement home, urban landscape, care services, elderly

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