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Title:Gender, social capital and social reproduction: the (in)visibility of care work in the context of HIV/AIDS
Author:Edwards-Jauch, Lucy
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
child care
social problems
Abstract:In Namibia, the majority of orphans and vulnerable children are absorbed into the extended family structure. AIDS-related mortality increases the poverty of affected families due to income loss, loss of labour, sale of future income-producing assets such as cattle, and increased expenditure due to illness and death. In addition, AIDS increases the dependency burden because fewer adults have to care for more children and sick people. The dire circumstances of affected households are reflected in stress migration, food insecurity, declines in food and agricultural production, and lack of money to access healthcare and other basic needs. Social transfers like pensions, maintenance and child support grants are not sufficient to overcome conditions of poverty. The cause and effect relationship between HIV/AIDS and poverty produces a mutually reinforcing cycle presenting a crisis of social reproduction. Moreover, the HIV/AIDS care burden befalls those with the least resources, namely, elderly female-headed households. This is embedded in, produces and reproduces gender and other social inequalities. To overcome gender inequalities and the crises in social reproduction, macro-economic frameworks should overcome binaries between market and non-market labour in order to acknowledge and reward the socially necessary reproductive labour carried out by - primarily - women in households and communities. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]