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Alloparenting in the context of AIDS in southern Africa: complex strategies for care

Alloparenting in the context of AIDS in southern Africa: complex strategies for care

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSubstitute parents: biological and social perspectives on alloparenting in human societies
EditorsGillian Bentley, Ruth Mace
PublisherBerghahn Books
Publication date2009
Pages241-265
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781845451066
StatePublished

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NameStudies of the Biosocial Society
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number3

Abstract

This chapter examines the various mechanisms by which alloparenting occurs in the context of the AIDS pandemic in southern Africa. The chapter begins by discussing the impacts of AIDS on children and their families and then, using the concept of the inter-generational contract, considers the effect this is having on the care arrangements of orphans. The remainder of the chapter focuses on the findings from empirical research.

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