https://www.mdu.se/

mdu.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Middle-class older adults living alone in urban India: Older adults’ understandings of ageing alone
The Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3442-187X
Science in Nursing, RN RM, Sandra Shroff ROFEL College of Nursing, Vapi, India.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (CaReHel)
2023 (English)In: Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, ISSN 1552-8030, p. 1-26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study sheds light on the value systems of the middle-class metropolitan older adults living alone, on the ageing self and the person's relationship to the surrounding society based on eight interviews. Ageing research has emphasized the traditional features of elderly care in India including its collectivist values rooted in filial piety and the extended family as well as embracement of disengagement influenced by the Hindu texts on two phases in later life: "hermit" and "renunciate". Increased social and geographical mobility, however, challenges traditional family systems. Using the example of the urban middle-class older adults living alone, this study explored whether living alone constitutes a challenge to the norms that previous research associated with Indian elderly care. Using abductive phenomenographic analysis the study found that the understandings of older adults in the study show great reflexivity concerning key aspects of their lives. Although the life conditions of older adults living alone deviated in many aspects from dominant traditional norms of filial piety and a care regime based on strong intergenerational interdependence, their responses and reflections mirrored assemblages of values deeply rooted in Hindu Vedic philosophy of the Ashramas and perceptions of independence, autonomy and self-reliance associated with Western "productive" aging.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. p. 1-26
Keywords [en]
Ageing, middle-class urban India, culture, religion, living alone
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-61719DOI: 10.1080/15528030.2022.2164395ISI: 000911941400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85146255482OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-61719DiVA, id: diva2:1732983
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2017-00031Available from: 2023-02-01 Created: 2023-02-01 Last updated: 2023-02-13Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records

Johansson, CarlGustafsson, Lena-Karin

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Asztalos Morell, IldikóJohansson, CarlGustafsson, Lena-Karin
By organisation
Health and Welfare
Nursing

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 108 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf