Children of Global Migration Transnational Families and Gendered Woes

ISBN-10: 0804749450
ISBN-13: 9780804749459
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 3/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

In the Philippines, a dramatic increase in labor migration has created a large population of transnational migrant families. Thousands of children now grow up apart from one or both parents, as the parents are forced to work outside the country in order to send their children to school, give them access to quality health care, or, in some cases, just provide them with enough food. While the issue of transnational families has already generated much interest, this book is the first to offer a close look at the lives of the children in these families. Drawing on in-depth interviews with the family members left behind, the author examines two dimensions of the transnational family. First, she looks at the impact of distance on the intergenerational relationships, specifically from the children’s perspective. She then analyzes gender norms in these families, both their reifications and transgressions in transnational households. Acknowledging that geographical separation unavoidably strains family intimacy, Parreñas argues that the maintenance of traditional gender ideologies exacerbates and sometimes even creates the tensions that plague many Filipino migrant families.

Rhacel Salazar Parreñasis Professor of American Civilization at Brown University. She is the author ofServants of Globalization: Women, Migration and Domestic WorkandChildren of Global Migration: Transnational Families and Gendered Woes, and the co-editor ofAsian Diasporas: New Conceptions, New Formations.

Introduction : gender and the transnational family
The global economy of care
The dismal view of transnational households
Caring for the family : why parents leave the Philippines
The gap between migrant fathers and their children
The gender paradox : recreating "the family" in women's migration
Gendered care expectations : children in mother-away transnational families
The overlooked second generation : the experience of prolonged separation in two-parent migrant families
Conclusion : the persistence of gender

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