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Silence or voice?: Agency freedom among elderly women living in extended families in urban India
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, 75007, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3442-187X
College of Nursing, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University (BVDU), Pune, 411043, India.
College of Nursing, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University (BVDU), Pune, 411043, India.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
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2020 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 17, no 23, p. 1-18, article id 8779Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The preferential form of living for the elderly in India is within the extended family. India is undergoing rapid economic development, an increase in mobility, and changes in gender norms due to an increase in women’s labour force participation, which places challenges on traditional intergenerational relationships. Ageing and the well-being of the elderly is a rising concern, especially considering that their proportion of the population is expected to grow rapidly in coming decades. There is a lack of universal state provision for the elderly’s basic needs, which is especially profound for elderly women, since most do not have an independent income. This leaves the elderly dependent upon the benevolence of their adult children’s families or other relatives. This paper explores, with help of narrative analysis and critical contributions from capability theory, elderly women’s agency freedoms and how this can be contextualised with their varying capability sets. With help of Spivak’s notion of the silent subaltern, the paper anchors elderly women’s abilities to voice to their agency freedom. The master narrative of the silent supportive wife and side-lined mother-in-law as well as three counter-narratives explore alternative agencies taken by elderly women.

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MDPI AG , 2020. Vol. 17, no 23, p. 1-18, article id 8779
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Ageing, Agency freedom, Capability, Care regime, Elderly, Family care, Hindu, India, Narrative, Subaltern, Women, aging population, class, elderly care, religion, research method, social network, womens health, adult, adult child, aged, aging, article, basic needs, child, extended family, family counseling, female, human, mother-in-law, plant leaf, voice, wife
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-52784DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17238779ISI: 000597614000001PubMedID: 33255996Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85096786143OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-52784DiVA, id: diva2:1508632
Available from: 2020-12-10 Created: 2020-12-10 Last updated: 2021-06-21Bibliographically approved

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