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Vulnerability and the Politics of CareTransdisciplinary Dialogues$
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Victoria Browne, Jason Danely, and Doerthe Rosenow

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266830

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266830.001.0001

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Vulnerability as Relational: Cash and Care for Elderly Ik in Uganda

Vulnerability as Relational: Cash and Care for Elderly Ik in Uganda

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(p.213) 10 Vulnerability as Relational: Cash and Care for Elderly Ik in Uganda
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Vulnerability and the Politics of Care
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Lotte Meinert

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266830.003.0014

Based on fieldwork among the elderly in the Ik community in Northern Uganda, this chapter argues that the two apparently opposite concepts of vulnerability and human security are closely related in the sense that both phenomena fundamentally hinge on other people. Elderly Ik are often very vulnerable and dependent on family care. Cash transfers for elderly people are a mixed blessing in this overall fragile context of poverty and insecurity because the balance in intimate generational interdependence changes and this often creates friction in families. Following the cases of two elderly Ik who receive cash transfers, and the effect these have in their families, the chapter argues for relationality as a starting point for understanding vulnerability and human security.

Keywords:   vulnerability, relationality, cash transfers, care, elderly, Uganda, Ik, dependency

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