Central Themes in the Study of Transnational Parenthood

Jørgen Carling, Cecilia Menjívar, Leah Schmalzbauer

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This article reviews the emerging literature on transnational parenthood, concentrating on six themes: gender, care arrangements, legislation, class, communication and moralities. Gender concerns not only the distinction between transnational motherhood and transnational fatherhood, but also the role of children's gender and the broader networks of gender relations within which transnational parenthood is practised. Care arrangements are often the most tangible challenge for transnational parents, and an area where material and emotional concerns intersect. The third theme, legislation, primarily concerns how immigration law can be decisive for separation and the prospects for reunification, as well as for the practice of parenthood from afar. Analysis of class can help us to understand differences in how transnational parenthood is practised and experienced. Communication across long distances is a defining element in the everyday practice of transnational parenthood, shaped by the intersection of technological, economic and psychological factors. The final theme, moralities, concerns the ways in which context-specific behavioural norms guide transnational parenthood. We subsequently discuss how the age of children is an important differentiating factor in the experience of transnational parenthood. In addition to these thematic discussions, we address methodological issues in the study of the phenomenon. Throughout, we emphasise both the limitations and the dynamism of transnational parenthood as it is experienced and practised in different contexts and throughout the life course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-217
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

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Keywords

  • Care
  • Class
  • Gender
  • Legislation
  • Moralities
  • Transnational Parenthood

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Central Themes in the Study of Transnational Parenthood. / Carling, Jørgen; Menjívar, Cecilia; Schmalzbauer, Leah.

In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 38, No. 2, 02.2012, p. 191-217.

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Carling, Jørgen ; Menjívar, Cecilia ; Schmalzbauer, Leah. / Central Themes in the Study of Transnational Parenthood. In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 2012 ; Vol. 38, No. 2. pp. 191-217.
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