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'Normal disruption': South Asian and African/Caribbean relatives caring for an older family member in the UK

Little has been written on informal care of an older relative among minority ethnic groups in the UK. This paper examines the meanings of being an informal carer of an older family member for South Asian and African/Caribbean carers. The analysis presented here is based on qualitative interviews with 21 African/Caribbean and 15 South Asian carers. Drawing primarily on the notions of biographical continuity, biographical reinforcement and biographical disruption, the meanings of caring are examined. The findings indicate that the experience of informal care has many similarities to the experience of chronic illness. Carers generally described the experience of caring as an accepted part of their biography, talking about their caring relationship in terms of their pre-caring and a continuation of their previous relationship with the person being cared for and their roles within the family. However, the participants also described highly disruptive elements to this change in the relationships. The paper attempts to consider the relationship between individual experiences, cultural factors and macro-social structures.

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Additional Titles
Social Science & Medicine

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
0277-9536, 0277-9536
Resource Database
British nursing index bni - exported on 8/7/2016
Publication Year
2005
Issue Number
1
Volume Number
60
Start Page
37-48
Language
English