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Ageing, Agency and Health in Urbanizing Tanzania
Third-party funded project
Project title Ageing, Agency and Health in Urbanizing Tanzania
Principal Investigator(s) Obrist van Eeuwijk, Brigit
Project Members Van Eeuwijk, Piet
Kaiser-Grolimund, Andrea
Staudacher, Sandra
Organisation / Research unit Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Medizinethnologie (Obrist),
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) / Medical Anthropology (Obrist)
Project Website
Project start 01.04.2012
Probable end 31.01.2016
Status Completed

The project ‘Ageing, Agency and Health in Urbanizing Tanzania’ aims at expanding our approach to health and ageing both spatially and topically by examining three interrelated research questions: (1) What are key health concerns of women and men who grow old in local, translocal and transnational contexts of urbanizing Tanzania? (2) What do they think can or should be done about these concerns, and by whom? (3) How do their health practices resonate with Western discourses of ‘Successful’ or ‘Active Ageing’? Using a comparative qualitative approach developed in the previous projects, we first concentrated on ethnographic case studies of older people in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. The planned expansion will allow us to follow up on translocal and even transnational family connections of older people in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar which expand from the United States and to Oman, as well as emergent forms of institutional care for elderly in Tanzania. To deepen our approach, diverse forms of agency in response to health concerns identified through ethnographic studies, also with a focus on non-communicable diseases, will be explored in these broader contexts and mirrored against Western discourses of ‘Successful’ or ‘Active Ageing’.

Keywords Health, Tanzania, Care, Agency, Ageing
Financed by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

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  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
1017892  Obrist van Eeuwijk, Brigit  Nyoni, Joyce, Dr. Acting Head of Department  Department for Sociology, University of Dar es Salaam  01.01.2008  31.12.2014 
3329883  Obrist van Eeuwijk, Brigit  Kleinman, Arthur  Department of Global Health and Social Medicine of Harvard University   01.04.2015  31.01.2016 

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