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‘A new branch can be strengthened by an old branch’<sup>1</sup>: livelihoods and challenges to inter-generational solidarity in South Africa

Jo Beall

in World poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343956.003.0014
‘A new branch can be strengthened by an old branch’1: livelihoods and challenges to inter-generational solidarity in South Africa

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Anti-poverty policies have to be constructed to meet the needs of particular groups in populations, such as ethnic minorities, disabled people, and older people. Discrimination has to be countered in its institutional and individual forms. This chapter takes the example of old age and intergenerational solidarity. It uses 1999 research to explore intergenerational relationships in South Africa to inform anti-poverty policies. The chapter uses the concept of ‘intergenerational solidarity’ to reveal that older people act substantially on behalf of their families and communities, and have needs and rights in those situations which deserve to be more generally acknowledged and met. Crucially, they play a part in development that deserves to be understood and sustained – necessarily in part by adjuncts of structurally redistributive policies.

Keywords: old age; intergenerational solidarity; redistributive policies; anti-poverty policies; discrimination

Chapter.  10992 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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