Vulnerable relations: lifecourse, wellbeing and social exclusion in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter and Locke, Catherine ORCID: (2008) Vulnerable relations: lifecourse, wellbeing and social exclusion in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ageing and Society, 28 (08). pp. 1177-1201. ISSN 0144-686X

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Many have presumed that in developing countries, contact with children is beneficial to older people's wellbeing, and particularly that women receive more support from children than men because of their lifelong commitment to family responsibilities. This study questions these stylised notions through an analysis of 22 life histories of older women and men living in a district with high rates of social exclusion in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It focuses on the subjective accounts of relationships with children and grandchildren and their influence on current wellbeing. The life histories reveal complex lived experiences and the significance of key events. The informants speak of the anxiety and harm caused by struggling children, about problems of remote relations with successful children, and of the insecurity of the neighbourhood. The analysis contrasts a materialistic interpretation of the influence of children on older people's wellbeing with the informants' more holistic evaluation of family relationships. By applying a life-course framework, we demonstrate that children may be a key source of vulnerability for older people, that the gendering of parent-child relations and later-life wellbeing is nuanced, that both local and national conditions influence relationships with specific children, with implications for the intergenerational transmission of wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 10 - reduced inequalities ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/reduced_inequalities
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Health and Disease
Depositing User: Users 2731 not found.
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2012 20:40
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 14:30
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X08007794

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