HSD researchers contribute to international publication on grandparenting

Grandparents in South Africa have come to play a major role in sustaining their grandchildren's generation. HSRC researchers in the Human and Social Development programme were involved in this international peer-reviewed effort at exploring grandparenting in cultural contexts.

Chapter 12, "Grandparenting in Southern Africa: What the elders see while sitting the young ones standing on their toes won’t see" of the new book, Grandparents in Cultural Context, was extensively peer-reviewed. The chapter was written by the HSRC's Dr Monde Makiwane, Ntombizinke Gumede and Mzolisis Makiwane.

Chapter 12 was also among the chapters that were sent to four additional international experts on grandparenting for their peer-review, and all four of these experts agreed that the chapter and book were of the highest quality.

Grandparents in Cultural Context gives a long overdue global view of the changing roles of grandparents. The eleven main chapters are by experts in the Americas, Europe and Russia, Asia, and Africa and the Middle East, and the editors integrate their chapters with previous writings on grandparenthood. Rather than technical or statistical research reports, each chapter provides a thought-provoking and comprehensive review of research, real-life case stories, cultural influences, and applied implications for grandparenthood across and within societies.

Calling special attention to the roles of grandfathers and grandparenthood in societies previously un-represented in the literature, it provides several hundred new citations of work previously unavailable in English-language publications. Accessible to both scholars and students, it has several pedagogical features (e.g. web links, discussion questions) that make it useful as a text for upper-division undergraduate or graduate level classes in behavioral, social, and family sciences. It is relevant to psychology, gerontology, family studies, anthropology, family/comparative sociology, education, social work, gender studies, ethnic studies, psychiatry, and diversity and international studies programs. Practitioners, service providers, policymakers, and internationally minded grandparents will also enjoy this book.

Grandparents in Cultural Context 1st Edition is available online:



Screenshot from Chapter 12.

Screenshot from Chapter 12 

Cover of the book.

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