Ubuntu, African elderly and the African family crisis

  • Maria G. Cattell President, Association for Anthropology and Gerontology and Research Associate, The Field Museum of Natural History, USA


Ubuntu, the African ethos of caring and sharing, has crucial implications for the elderly throughout sub-Saharan Africa, especially regarding the current situation of family crisis in Africa and African responses to this crisis. Case studies from research on Kenyan elderly illustrate the meanings of Ubuntu in everyday life. Policy implications are also considered.


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