Mobilities and Communication Technologies: Transforming Care in Family Life

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Abstract

In this chapter, I argue that any discussion of migration and mobilities in contemporary family life leads directly to an analysis of the role of new media and communication technologies in sustaining relationships across distance. Using ethnographic case studies that highlight different types of care exchange in diverse families, I examine a series of propositions about how a migration, mobilities and communication technologies lens helps us to re-examine and revalue care in migrant and ‘mobile’ family life. A care circulation framework is presented as a methodological tool that helps to avoid the implicit normative valuing of certain types of care, and caregiving relationships, over others. The chapter concludes with some reflections on the limits of distant care and policy implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFamily Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility: Global Perspectives through the Life Course
EditorsMajella Kilkey, Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages19-42
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-52099-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-52097-5
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMigration, Diasporas and Citizenship

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Baldassar, L. (2016). Mobilities and Communication Technologies: Transforming Care in Family Life. In M. Kilkey, & E. Palenga-Möllenbeck (Eds.), Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility: Global Perspectives through the Life Course (pp. 19-42). (Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52099-9_2