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Caring for the elderly in Algeria within the discourse of traditionalism and modernism: Is there a Kabyle “woman problem”?

Ariana Kaci and Helene Starks
International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Vol. 6, No. 2, Special Issue on Aging and Long-Term Care (Fall 2013), pp. 160-178
DOI: 10.2979/intjfemappbio.6.2.160
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/intjfemappbio.6.2.160
Page Count: 19
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Caring for the elderly in Algeria within the discourse of traditionalism and modernism: Is there a Kabyle “woman problem”?
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Abstract In Algerian Kabyle families, the intersection of tradition and modernity creates a dilemma for family-based eldercare. As daughters-in-law (traditional caregivers) choose to live independently from their in-laws' home, some unmarried daughters may be left to fill the care gap. Given the shift from traditional to modern caregiving arrangements, how can elders and the members of their family survive and thrive? Choosing an empirical case study that is analyzed using key concepts from care ethics and gender justice, we develop a notion of “caring with the heart” for aging family members in need of long-term care. We offer seven possible solutions and policy options for the modern Kabyle context.

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