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Ambiguous care : siblings and the economies of HIV-related care in Zambia
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 3645863
Author(s) Merten, Sonja
Author(s) at UniBasel Merten, Sonja
Year 2016
Title Ambiguous care : siblings and the economies of HIV-related care in Zambia
Journal AIDS care
Volume 28 Suppl 4
Number Suppl 4
Pages / Article-Number 41-50
Abstract While kinship used to be considered a backbone of the creation of mutual obligations for care in pre-industrial societies, economic and social change has altered how care is provided. Notwithstanding changing kinship obligations, relatives continue to provide much of the care for those in need. In this article, I consider the active production of relationships among siblings through individual biographies, to understand how mutual obligations are created and affect the care provided to HIV-positive persons. I draw on two phases of ethnographic research conducted in Zambia, in Southern Province and Lusaka, between 2002 and 2011. Findings revealed that siblings are normally considered an important source of support, but their willingness and capacity to provide support may be limited by resource constraints and biographical experiences. Helping or not is at the conjunction of kinship-based obligations and a sense of connectedness, deriving from the history of growing up together, often in the context of disrupted families. The experiences of siblings in their past reach beyond individual histories. Structural factors jeopardise the support between and within generations, and must be addressed while promoting social protection programmes.
Publisher Taylor & Francis
ISSN/ISBN 0954-0121
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1080/09540121.2016.1195483
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000382941900005
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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