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Is it Time to Renegotiate an Intergenerational ‘Contract’?

28 July 2009
14:30 - 15:30

Date :

28 July 2009

Time :


Presenters :

14:30 – 15:30


Dr Monde Makiwane, CYFSD, HSRC

Ms Christine Jesseman, Head of Research at the SA Human Rights Council


Rapid social changes in Africa are thought to have resulted in high intergenerational disjuncture on the continent. In spite of the importance of intergenerational relations in African societies, very little attempt has been done to understand this phenomenon. A recent surge in interest on generational relations has occurred in Europe and North America. Thus, this project aims to fill in the gap in information that exists on this important aspect of African societies.


This study looks at two main aspects of intergenerational relations, viz., the direction of intergenerational flow of economic resources and patterns of co-residence. The study aims to show how older persons are disadvantaged on these fronts. The study makes use of secondary data from two sources: The 2003 Status of the Youth data and qualitative data sourced from focus groups discussions held in Gauteng.

The audio presentation for the seminar is available for download

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