Intergenerational Struggles over Urban Housing: The Impact on Livelihoods of the Elderly in Zimbabwe


Paradza, Gaynor Gamuchirai. 2009. “Intergenerational Struggles over Urban Housing: The Impact on Livelihoods of the Elderly in Zimbabwe.” Gender & Development 17 (3): 417-26.

Author: Gaynor Gamuchirai Paradza


Legislative and economic changes in Zimbabwe have caused a confrontation between the younger and older generations over resources, with bad consequences for both. This article is based on research into the experiences of families living in both rural and urban areas. Since women normally outlive their husbands, struggles over property are common when husbands die. For elderly women, ownership of urban housing does not necessarily lead to control. Hence, owning property does not in itself ensure they can ensure economic security from it.

Keywords: elderly, Zimbabwe, urban, housing, inheritance, livelihood, tenure

Topics: Age, Gender, Women, Land Tenure, Households, Livelihoods, Rights, Land Rights Regions: Africa, Southern Africa Countries: Zimbabwe

Year: 2009

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