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    Ageing, poverty and neoliberalism in urban South India

    Vera-Sanso, Penny (2018) Ageing, poverty and neoliberalism in urban South India. In: Walker, A. (ed.) The New Dynamics of Ageing. The New Dynamics of Ageing. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. ISBN 9781447314738.

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    Research undertaken in the low-income settlements of India’s fourth largest city, Chennai, has uncovered the contribution that older people make to family, society and economy. By situating people at the centre of a study of urban poverty and focusing on what older people do, rather than on what they need, the study has uncovered older people’s contribution to the economy, to social reproduction and to the care economy. The backward linkages of older people’s work links the rural economy, where fifty percent of India’s working population are engaged, to the urban economy. By making up for shortfalls in government social and physical infrastructure, older people have released women into the work force and have themselves provided low-cost inputs to industry and low-cost services to the urban population, thereby buttressing the city’s role in the global economy as an IT and manufacturing centre.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Author’s post-print version; not to be cited.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): ageing, aging, poverty, work, pensions, care economy
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Penny Vera-Sanso
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 14:10
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:11


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