Beyond kin care? Institutional facilities in the imaginations of older presbyterians in Southern Ghana

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Abstract

In rural towns of Ghana’s Eastern Region, older adults express curiosity about Western facilities for seniors such as care homes, where older adults reside permanently, and senior day programs, which older adults visit daily for activities and meals. This article argues that aging is a site of cultural innovation; in this case, ideas and practices imported from abroad, like care homes, are reworked in local imaginaries to speak to local concerns, including a critique of the state. Supporting James Ferguson’s recent argument that new social welfare practices and rights are gaining traction in Africa, it illustrates how older adults in Ghana are articulating a vision of a caring nation, as they confront the aging process and cope with changing aging trajectories and intergenerational reciprocities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-88
Number of pages20
JournalAfrica Today
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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