Time-space practices of care after a family death in urban Senegal

Bowlby, Sophie; Evans, Ruth; Ribbens McCarthy, Jane and Wouango, Joséphine (2021). Time-space practices of care after a family death in urban Senegal. Social and Cultural Geography (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2021.1901978

Abstract

This paper contributes to studies of care practices and care ethics beyond the Minority world by analysing informal caringscapes after a family death in urban Senegal. Based on the findings of a qualitative study in the cities of Dakar and Kaolack, we explore exchanges of care by the living for the living in the period immediately following the death, and changes in these care practices over the longer term. We focus on mobilities and changing care roles in family lives over time. We demonstrate the central significance of family commitments and concern for the wellbeing of the ‘family’ in caring exchanges. We suggest that a deeply relational understanding of personhood as bound up with family and community underlies many current caring practices in urban Senegal and challenges current conceptualisations of care interdependencies.

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