Navigating transnational childcare relationships: Migrant parents and their children's caregivers in the origin country

Miranda Poeze, Ernestina Dankyi, Valentina Mazzucato

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Abstract

In this article, we investigate the daily work entailed in maintaining informal transnational childcare relationships between migrant parents and the children's kin or non-kin caregivers in the country of origin. By applying the concept of 'kin work', we seek to understand how work is performed within transnational care relationships. Using a simultaneous matched sample methodology that gives equal weight to data on both sides of the transnational relationship, a team of researchers collected ethnographic data from Ghanaian migrant parents in the Netherlands and from their children's caregivers in Ghana. This approach allowed us to investigate the day-to-day care work from two perspectives - namely the visible and the invisible actions of the people involved in creating the kinship relationships of care work. Discrepancies in perceptions were uncovered because we compared data obtained on both sides of the relationship. These findings contribute to our understanding of the ways in which long-distance practices facilitate the maintenance of kin relationships and how the inability to perform these can lead to tensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-129
Number of pages19
JournalGlobal Networks-a Journal of Transnational Affairs
Volume17
Issue number1
Early online date27 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Keywords

  • CAREGIVERS
  • CHILDCARE
  • GHANA
  • KIN WORK
  • TRANSNATIONAL FAMILIES
  • THE NETHERLANDS
  • FAMILIES
  • MIGRATION
  • MOTHERS
  • GENDER
  • VIEWS
  • WOMEN
  • POWER

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