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Linked Lives

Elder Care, Migration, and Kinship in Sri Lanka

Michele Ruth Gamburd (author)

ISBN: 9781978815308

Publication Date: Nov 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Provides readers with intimate glimpses into homes in a Sri Lankan Buddhist village, where elders wisely use their moral authority and their control over valuable property to assure that they receive both physical and spiritual care when they need it.
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When youth shake off their rural roots and middle-aged people migrate for economic opportunities, what happens to the grandparents left at home? Linked Lives provides readers with intimate glimpses into homes in a Sri Lankan Buddhist village, where elders wisely use their moral authority and their control over valuable property to assure that they receive both physical and spiritual care when they need it. The care work that grandparents do for grandchildren allows labor migration and contributes to the overall well-being of the extended family. The book considers the efforts migrant workers make to build and buy houses and the ways those rooms and walls constrain social activities. It outlines the strategies elders employ to age in place, and the alternatives they face in local old folks' homes. Based on ethnographic work done over a decade, Michele Gamburd shows how elders face the challenges of a rapidly globalizing world.
Illustrations 12 black & white images
Pages 232
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Global Perspectives on Aging
Subject/s Geriatric medicine   Buddhism   Social & cultural anthropology   Migration, immigration & emigration   Care of the elderly  
Michele Ruth Gamburd is a professor of anthropology at Portland State University, Oregon.

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