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Seven deadly assumptions unravelling the implications of HIV/AIDS among grandmothers in South Africa and beyond

Seven deadly assumptions unravelling the implications of HIV/AIDS among grandmothers in South Africa and beyond

Ageing and Society: 7, 935-958

ISSN/ISBN: 0144-686x

DOI: 10.1017/s0144686x08007265

Over the past few years, the pivotal roles older women play in responding to the unprecedented HIV/AIDS epidemic in southern Africa has received increasing recognition by academics, governments, funding agencies, non-governmental organisations, and citizens around the world. Yet, discourses surrounding AIDS and 'grandmotherhood' are laden with a number of ungrounded assumptions that have important implications for researchers, advocates and decision-makers.

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