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Christiane Brosius and Roberta Mandoki publish edited volume on Caring for Old Age in South Asia



3 April 2020

The volume results from project
B19 "Ageing in a Transcultural Context" at the Cluster Asia and Europe that was headed by
Christiane Brosius,
Andreas Kruse and
Axel Michaels, including the PhD research tandem of
Roberta Mandoki (on Kathmandu) and
Dr. Annika Mayer (on Delhi). Mandoki and Mayer had earlier jointly developed the online platform
Elderscapes. Ageing in Urban South Asia. Caring for Old Age brings together eleven chapters by scholars from different disciplines and regional backgrounds. In addition to increasing urbanization and mobility, many societies are simultaneously experiencing rising life expectancies and an aging of their overall population. Such fundamental demographic and structural changes are reflected in a variety of narratives and strategies about what "good age(s)" can look like in the face of rapidly transforming environments, human mobility and changing social relationships. This volume explores the transcultural dimensions of age(s) and care in ethnographic and literary case studies in both South Asia and in South Asian study in Europe. The eleven contributions in this volume critically examine Eurocentric aspects of age(s) research and examine how perspectives from the Global South can reveal transcultural linkages and connectivities of care and age(s) experiences.
The book is the eighth volume in the Open Access series "Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality," and can be
downloaded for free and/or ordered on demand from HeiUP.