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Precarity, assemblages, and Indonesian elder care


van Eeuwijk, Peter (2019). Precarity, assemblages, and Indonesian elder care. Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, 39(1):41-54.

Abstract

The provision (or failure) of care reflects and produces vulnerability in old age. Reliable and appropriate care widely affects the imagination of “good care” of older Indonesians in North Sulawesi. Yet, their striving for better life goes with the growing chronification of conditions and processes with unpredictable endings. Three factors shape such uncertainty in elder care in North Sulawesi: (1) unsustainable, fragile care arrangements; (2) progressive-degenerative non-communicable diseases and aging impairments; and (3) structural insecurity in elder care and health-care institutions. Older persons mitigate the degree of chronifying care uncertainty by expanding social spaces, but often in normatively less accepted ways.

Abstract

The provision (or failure) of care reflects and produces vulnerability in old age. Reliable and appropriate care widely affects the imagination of “good care” of older Indonesians in North Sulawesi. Yet, their striving for better life goes with the growing chronification of conditions and processes with unpredictable endings. Three factors shape such uncertainty in elder care in North Sulawesi: (1) unsustainable, fragile care arrangements; (2) progressive-degenerative non-communicable diseases and aging impairments; and (3) structural insecurity in elder care and health-care institutions. Older persons mitigate the degree of chronifying care uncertainty by expanding social spaces, but often in normatively less accepted ways.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
Uncontrolled Keywords:Indonesia, care assemblages, chronic diseases, chronification, elder care, uncertainty
Language:English
Date:19 July 2019
Deposited On:13 Feb 2020 15:39
Last Modified:13 Feb 2020 15:40
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0145-9740
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/01459740.2019.1640694
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/r4ibeb/TN_medline31322924 (Library Catalogue)

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