Linked Lives: Elder Care, Migration, and Kinship in Sri Lanka

The American Institute for Lankan Studies Colombo has organized a book talk on Michele Gamburd’s Linked Lives: Elder Care, Migration and Kinship in Sri Lanka (Rutgers University Press, 2020). Bambi Chapin will preside. Please feel free to circulate the attached poster.

Wednesday, September 8th
9:00-10:00 PM in Sri Lanka & India
11:30 AM-12:30 PM EDT
8:30-9:30 AM PDT

Here is the Zoom registration link:

You can also reach the registration link at

About the book:

When youth shake off their rural roots and middle-aged people migrate for economic opportunities, what happens to the grandparents left at home? Linked Lives provides readers with intimate glimpses into homes in a Sri Lankan Buddhist village, where elders wisely use their moral authority and their control over valuable property to assure that they receive both physical and spiritual care when they need it. The care work that grandparents do for grandchildren allows labor migration and contributes to the overall well-being of the extended family. The book considers the efforts migrant workers make to build and buy houses and the ways those rooms and walls constrain social activities. It outlines the strategies elders employ to age in place, and the alternatives they face in local old folks’ homes. Based on ethnographic work done over a decade, Michele Gamburd shows how elders face the challenges of a rapidly globalizing world.

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