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Situating masculinity, labour migration and care over the life course in Lesotho: foregrounding survivor bias in researching care

The literature on later-life care is dominated by a focus on women as carers and older people as receivers, not providers, of care, as well as the analytical disembedding of care from wider social and economic processes. In this research we examine the experiences of care and caring of former labour migrants who had migrated from Lesotho to work in South Africa’s mines in order to examine how these have changed over their lives. The latter demanded the tying of experience into wider social, economic and demographic processes. The research identified a methodological issue in the study of later-life care: survivor bias.

About the Speaker

Dr Thandie Hlabana, National University of Lesotho 

Dr Thandie Hlabana is a multidisciplinary social scientist interested in advancing socio-demographic research, policy development and human rights advocacy in Lesotho and Southern Africa. Her research interests include HIV and AIDS drivers and impacts; Children and Youth development and outcomes; Fatherhood; Gender dynamics focusing on African masculinity; and Aging.

She is also working with University of Cape Town and Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing on Care of Older Persons in Southern Africa Network.  In collaboration with University of Brunel and others she has been recipient of a three year research grant by UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID) looking at Social Cash Transfers, Generational Relations and Youth Poverty Trajectories in Lesotho and Malawi. In addition, she is a recipient of a USAID fund to analyze Lesotho Demographic and Health Survey data. Regarding policy development, she has drafted three national policies for Lesotho – Lesotho Housing Policy, Lesotho Policy for Older Persons (adopted in 2014) and Lesotho National Population Policy for Sustainable Development (LNPPSD).


Please note that this is a Hybrid event. We welcome colleagues to 66 Banbury Road or on line via Zoom:

This event is part of a seminar series:

Trinity 2024 Seminar Series: Global ageing – the role of family (and others)

The following seminars will take place at 2pm on Thursdays in the Institute of Population Ageing and online via Zoom.  Convener: Professor George Leeson Please note that this is a Hybrid event. We welcome colleagues to 66 Banbury Road or on line via Zoom:

Event Details

16 May 2024 14:00 - 15:00


Online & 66 Banbury Rd