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A Cultural Framework of Care and Social Protection for Older People in India

Vanessa Burholt Orcid Logo, Rangasamy Maruthakutti, Carol Maddock

GeroPsych, Volume: 35, Issue: 2, Pages: 67 - 79

Swansea University Authors: Vanessa Burholt Orcid Logo, Carol Maddock

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Abstract

This article applies a cultural political economy lens within a sustainable livelihood framework and examines how cultural norms and values as well as social protection amplify or attenuate livelihood shocks leading to care-home entry. We used framework analysis and higher-level interpretive analysi...

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Published in: GeroPsych
ISSN: 1662-9647 1662-971X
Published: Hogrefe Publishing Group 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa58062
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Abstract: This article applies a cultural political economy lens within a sustainable livelihood framework and examines how cultural norms and values as well as social protection amplify or attenuate livelihood shocks leading to care-home entry. We used framework analysis and higher-level interpretive analysis of data from interviews with 30 older care-home residents from three districts in Tamil Nadu, India, to understand the practices that allow the social welfare system to function alongside the beliefs and values legitimizing these practices. Results reveal a divergence between the value orientation of social-protection policy and cultural practices which constrains the choices available for care in later life and reinforces culturally constructed inequalities rather than protecting or remediating livelihood shocks and loss of assets.
Keywords: critical social policy; cultural political economy; residential care; pensions; caregiving; social support
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Funders: This work was supported by Health and Care Research Wales Senior Research Leader Fund.
Issue: 2
Start Page: 67
End Page: 79