Institutional home--a case study of community eldercare in Shanghai

Authors: Yi Yu*, University of Oregon
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Medical and Health Geography, China
Keywords: eldercare, ageing in place, China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Estherwood, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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The traditional in-home care for the elderly is gradually eroding with rapid urbanization and decreasing family size ("The Lancet," 2016). As a result, the Chinese government is actively collaborating with non-government organizations (NGOs) to promote community care comprised of private homes and community centers, forming an institutional home. Scholars tend to study home as a physical, social, and emotional space with defined boundaries, which differentiate home and unhome, or a homely feeling and unhomely feeling. Rarely do scholars understand home as an extended space that goes beyond the private home. My research interprets home as an institutional home that extends outside of the private dwelling space and is comprised of the community center and private homes. this research examines how certain affective labor—affect, structure of feeling, and affective atmosphere—is manipulated to create the affective space, the institutional home in the community for the elderly. This research highlights how place (the eldercare institutions) “is intimately bound up with the construction of care”.

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