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Connected Lives

Families, Households, Health and Care in South Africa

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi (editor) Lenore Manderson (editor)

ISBN: 9780796925855

Publication Date: Sep 2020

Format: Paperback

Illustrates the changing constitution and the variability of households, fluid understandings of family, and the impact of these in the context of life changes and health problems. Through 29 case studies of people of diverse backgrounds, the authors explore the household as a site for the production of health and care.
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Connected lives: Families, households, health and care in contemporary South Africa, illustrates the changing constitution and the variability of households, fluid understandings of family, and the impact of these in the context of life changes and health problems. Through 29 case studies of people of diverse backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, class, sex and gender, of varying ages and from both urban and rural backgrounds, the authors explore the household as a site for the production of health and care. The book illustrates the impact of economic, demographic and social changes on households and families, and considers how these factors influence everyday life, health, wellbeing and care in contemporary South Africa. This book will interest those in global public health, anthropology, and population and demography studies.
Pages 228
Dimensions 235 x 168
Date Published 30 Sep 2020
Publisher HSRC Press
Subject/s Sociology   Sociology: family & relationships   Birth control, contraception, family planning  
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1. Family Structures and Everyday Relationships of Care
  • Lenore Manderson and Nolwazi Mkhwanazi
  • Chapter 2. Making Families
  • Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Lenore Manderson
  • Case Study 2.1 The complexity of care in young families
  • Nolwazi Mkhwanazi
  • Case Study 2.2 ‘Too old to start a family?'
  • Ziyanda Majombozi
  • Case Study 2.3 Families, emergency and birth progress after apartheid
  • Kathleen Lorne McDougall
  • Case Study 2.4 Birthing Lessy
  • Cheyenne Jordaan
  • Case Study 2.5 Single in Soweto
  • Langelihle Mlotshwa and Sonja Merten
  • Case Study 2.6 Beautiful blessings
  • Casey Golomski and Gabby Dlamini
  • Chapter 3. Family Keeping
  • Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Lenore Manderson
  • Case Study 3.1 Being a good mother
  • Sara Jewett Nieuwoudt
  • Case Study 3.2 "I don't want friends…I have family"
  • Nirvana Pillay
  • Case Study 3.3 Disconnected
  • Deidre Blackie
  • Case Study 3.4 "I did well for my family"
  • Susann Huschke
  • Case Study 3.5 Tender blessing care
  • Lebohang Masango
  • Chapter 4: How Men Care
  • Lenore Manderson and Nolwazi Mkhwanazi
  • Case Study 4.1 Sandile's story
  • Nozipho Mvune and Deevia Bhana
  • Case Study 4.2 Saving face
  • Alison Swartz
  • Case Study 4.3 The grants shopping basket
  • Rebecca Hodes
  • Case Study 4.4 On being a father
  • Mzikazi Nduna and Welmari Bouwer
  • Case Study 4.5 Responsible masculinity
  • Edmond Madhuha and Lorena Núñez Carrasco
  • Case Study 4.6 Hitting out
  • Ruari-Santiago McBride and Mzwakhe Khumalo
  • Chapter 5: Everyday Care And Illness
  • Lenore Manderson and Nolwazi Mkhwanazi
  • Case Study 5.1 The whistling of rats
  • Susan Levine, Alison Swartz and Hanna-Andrea Rother
  • Case Study 5.2 Sihleng'imizi
  • Tessa Hochfeld, Jenita Chiba and Leila Patel
  • Case Study 5.3 The misclosure of an adolescent's HIV status
  • Rebecca Hodes, Beth Vale and Elona Toska
  • Case Study 5.4 Catching women before they fall out the world
  • Anna Versfeld
  • Case Study 5.5 A family affair
  • Lario Viljoen, Hanlie Myburgh and Lindsey Reynolds on behalf of the
  • HPTN 071 (PopART) team
  • Case Study 5.6 Blood ties
  • Emily Avera
  • Chapter 6: As Families Age
  • Lenore Manderson and Nolwazi Mkhwanazi
  • Case Study 6.1 Healthy aging
  • Monde Makiwane, Ntombizonke A. Gumede and Mzolisi Makiwane
  • Case Study 6.2 Caring, communities and poverty
  • Lenore Manderson
  • Case Study 6.3 Nomabali's Story
  • Stine Hellum Braathen and Leslie Swartz
  • Case Study 6.4 Death and migrant communities of care
  • Linda Musariri and Eileen Moyer
  • Case Study 6.5 "Suffering grannies"
  • Jessica Ruthven
  • Case Study 6.6 Caring for the dead
  • Lorena Núñez Carrasco
  • Chapter 7. Families, Care and Support
  • Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Lenore Manderson
  • References
  • About the authors
  • Index
Lenore Manderson is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology in the School of Public Health at Wits, with affiliations with Brown and Monash Universities. Her research and publications focus on chronic and infectious disease and social circumstance, with attention to how access to technology unequally interacts and impacts on chronic conditions. She also works on questions of climate change, adaptation and advocacy. She edits the journal Medical Anthropology, and is founding editor of a monograph series, Medical Anthropology: Health, Inequality and Social Justice (Rutgers University Press).

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2005), working on early childbearing to examine gender and generational relationships in a South African urban township. She is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and presently a senior researcher and director of the Medical Humanities programme at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research). Her research interests revolve around youth, gender and reproductive health issues. She is co-editor, with Deevia Bhana, of Young Families: Gender, Sexuality and Care (2017).

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