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Francisco-Menchavez, Valerie
The labor of care
Filipina migrants and transnational families in the digital age
Urbana [u.a.]: University of Illinois Press, 2018. - 231 S.
ISBN 9780252083341


I G 1410

USA / Philippinische Arbeitnehmerin / Familie / Transnationalisierung / Soziale Situation / Social Media / Kommunikation / Filipina ; Mutter ; Internet

For generations, migration moved in one direction at a time: migrants to host countries, and money to families left behind. "The Labor of Care" argues that globalization has changed all that. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez spent five years alongside a group of working migrant mothers. Drawing on interviews and up-close collaboration with these women, Francisco-Menchavez looks at the sacrifices, emotional and material consequences, and recasting of roles that emerge from family separation. She pays particular attention to how technologies like Facebook, Skype, and recorded video open up transformative ways of bridging distances while still supporting traditional family dynamics. As she shows, migrants also build communities of care in their host countries. These chosen families provide an essential form of mutual support. What emerges is a portrait of today's transnational family sundered, yet inexorably linked over the distances by timeless emotions and new forms of intimacy.

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