1st Edition

Transnational Aging Current Insights and Future Challenges

Edited By Vincent Horn, Cornelia Schweppe Copyright 2016
    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book focuses on the diverse interrelationships between aging and transnationality. It argues that the lives of older people are increasingly entangled in transnational contexts on the social as well as the cultural, economic and political levels. Within these contexts, older people both actively contribute to and are affected by border-crossing processes. In addition, while some may voluntarily opt for adding a transnational dimension to their lives, others may have less choice in the matter. Transnational aging, therefore, provides a critical lens on how older people shape, organize and cope with life in contexts that are no longer bound to the frame of a single nation-state. Accordingly, the book emphasizes the agency of older people as well as the personal and structural constraints of their situations. The chapters in this book reveal these aspects by approaching transnational aging from different methodological angles, such as ethnographic research, comparative studies, quantitative data, and policy and discourse analysis. Geographically, the chapters cover a wide range of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, such as Namibia, Thailand, Russia, Germany, the United States and Ecuador.

    Introduction: Transnational Aging: Current Insights and Future Challenges  Vincent Horn and Cornelia Schweppe  Part A: Aging and the Family in Transnational Contexts: Cross-Border Activities and Intergenerational Relationships  1. Migration Regimes and Family-Related Transnational Activities of Older Peruvians in Spain and the United States  Vincent Horn  2. Intergenerational Solidarity in Migrant Families from the Former Soviet Union: Comparing Migrants Whose Parents Live in Germany to Migrants with Parents Abroad  Elena Sommer and Claudia Vogel  3. Remaking the Yanga Kawsay: Andean Elders, Children, and Domestic Abuse in the Transmigration Logics of Highland Ecuador  Jason Pribilsky  4. Transnational Babushka: Grandmothers and Family-Making Between Russian Karelia and Finland  Tatiana Tiaynen-Qadir  Part B: Migration in Later Life: Transnational Strategies and Managing Risk in Old Age  5. Transnational Aging as Reflected in Germany’s Pension Insurance  Ralf Himmelreicher and Wolfgang Keck  6. Maintaining Dual Residences to Manage Risks in Later Life: A Comparison of Two Groups of Older Migrants  Anita Böcker and Canan Balkir  7. Pendular Migration of the Older First Generations in Europe: Misconceptions and Nuances  Tineke Fokkema, Eralba Cela and Yvonne Witter  Part C: Facets of Old Age Care in a Transnational World: Traveling Institutions, Boundary Objects and Regimes of Inequality  8. “Moving (for) Elder Care Abroad”: The Fragile Promises of Old Age Care Facilities for Elderly Germans in Thailand  Vincent Horn, Cornelia Schweppe, Désirée Bender and Tina Hollstein  9. Traveling Institutions as Transnational Aging: The Old-Age Home in Idea and Practice in India  Sarah Lamb  10. Negotiating the Potato: The Challenge of Dealing with Multiple Diversities in Elder Care  Karin van Holten and Eva Soom Ammann  11. More Than Demand and Demographic Ageing: Transnational Ageing, Care and Care Migration  Susan McDaniel and Seonggee Um  Part D: Social Protection and Transnational Aging: The Circulation of Ideas and the Role of Non-Governmental Actors  12. Older Persons’ Rights: How Ideas Travel in International Development  Carmen Grimm  13. From Alms to Rights: Boundaries of a Transnational Non-Governmental Organization Implementing an Unconditional Old-Age Pension  Katrin Fröhlich


    Vincent Horn is a PhD candidate and resesarch associate in the Institute of Education at the University of Mainz (Germany).

    Cornelia Schweppe is a Professor of Social Pedagogy in the Institute of Education and Director of the Research Center for Transnational Social Support (TRANSSOS) at the University of Mainz (Germany).