Transnational Elderhood

East African Perspectives on Ageing, Later Life and the Life Course in Finland and Canada

Dr Stefan Millar’s project explores East African’s experiences of later life and practices of elderhood in the contexts of Finland and Canada. In East African societies elderhood denotes seniority, often granting greater social responsibility and political agency to represent one’s community or kin. Research on African practices of elderhood or later life experiences outside the African continent remain relatively unexplored within anthropological and sociological literature. By conducting comparative ethnographic research with migrant East Africans in Finland and Canada, this project will explore how East Africans conceptualise and practice elderhood in transnational settings. Specifically, the project will compare how East Africans within northern welfare states retain, adapt, or assimilate ideas and practices of later life in the cultural contexts they find themselves in.