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Older Persons and the Intergenerational Contract in Contemporary South Africa: Configurations and Reconfigurations in the Context of HIV/AIDS

Category: Demography and Society

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Funding: Oppenheimer Foundation

South African currently has an estimated 1.2 million HIV/AIDS orphans (UNAIDS, 2006) - a figure predicted to rise to 2.3 million by 2020.  The subsequent result for many older persons (specifically older women) of this phenomenon is their role as constant carers to both their infected children as well as to their orphaned grandchildren.  Based on the narratives of the different generations in multi-generational networks the research explores the complexity of the experiential aspects of this phenomenon in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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