South Asian communities
Christina Victor, Brunel University
Wendy Martin, Brunel University
Maria Zubair, University of Reading
Aims and objectives
Our focus in this research project was to document the changing nature of family lives, care and support, social networks, and everyday lives of older people in Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities by exploring participants
social identities and levels of participation in transnational and local communities
perceptions and experiences of family lives, social networks, ‘place’ and locality
ideas, meanings and experiences of ‘care’ and ‘support’
The data collection methods involved the interconnection of in-depth interviews and visual/written diaries with a diverse group of 60 men and 60 women aged 50 years and over from Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities living in the UK.
Data was thematically analysed using Atlas Ti. A participatory approach was taken throughout the research process to ensure that the perspectives and concerns of the participants were central.
The research therefore aimed to elicit important insights into the daily and family lives of Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities living in the UK that can help inform policy and practice.
The policy implications were
to generate new knowledge about ageing in South Asian communities, and identify factors that contribute (or not) to ‘ageing well’ within a group that has been significantly under-represented in previous research
to promote an understanding of the perspectives of South Asian people as they grow older that can inform the development of culturally appropriate policy and practice, for example, in relation to issues of diversity and increasing participation
to promote an understanding about the dynamic processes of families, social networks and experiences of everyday life that can help both policymakers and practitioners develop and deliver effective and appropriate policies and services
to develop effective and participatory methodologies with our South Asian community groups, thereby contributing to our knowledge about participation, advocacy, collaboration and user perspectives
to help to create a new generation of ‘ageing’ researchers drawn from an important minority group, thereby, contributing to the development of our future research capacity in ageing