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Un-African aging? Discourses of the socio-spatial welfare for older people in urban Zimbabwe

Ncube, BCM; Goodman Nhapi, T

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BCM Ncube

T Goodman Nhapi



Abstract

Global discourse has evidenced that the physical and social environment continues to have a large bearing on how people age, resulting in growing recognition of the socio-spatial needs of older people in urban environments. This article examines the representation of Zimbabwe’s older people, a subject that has rarely been the focus of critical analysis. A sample of national policy documents and media articles were carefully selected and inspected to determine the level of presence of older people’s welfare using discourse analysis. The article shows how the discourses on spaces of welfare for older people in Zimbabwe are layered and multidimensional. This includes challenges of access to spaces of welfare, the abandonment and neglect of older people, as well as the changes to family and community support known as Ubuntu.

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Ncube, B., & Goodman Nhapi, T. (2022). Un-African aging? Discourses of the socio-spatial welfare for older people in urban Zimbabwe. Architecture and Culture, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/20507828.2021.2021746

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 14, 2022
Publication Date Feb 14, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 2, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2022
Journal Architecture & Culture
Print ISSN 2050-7828
Electronic ISSN 2050-7836
Publisher Routledge
Pages 1-18
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/20507828.2021.2021746
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/20507828.2021.2021746
Related Public URLs http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rfac20

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