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The Labor of CareFilipina Migrants and Transnational Families in the Digital Age$
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Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041723

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041723.001.0001

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Multidirectional Care in Transnational Families

Multidirectional Care in Transnational Families

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(p.29) 1 Multidirectional Care in Transnational Families
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The Labor of Care
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Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041723.003.0002

Adjusting to long-standing political economic conditions and the culture of migration in the Philippines, Filipino kin view their role of caring for their families in the Philippines as a form of care for a migrant family member, even though the migrant is not the direct receiver of care. To this end, the stories in chapter one follows the transnational care work within family kin networks to establish just how they reconfigure and make meaning of social reproductive labor in and from different places in a transnational arrangement. The unit of analysis in this chapter is the Filipino transnational family; following care work and its different permutations from the migrant abroad and from families in the Philippines. Further, the roles that extended and fictive kin play in the transnational family emerge as key contribution in shifting gender ideologies in care work.

Keywords:   transnational family, social reproductive labor, multidirectional care, care work, care circulation, children left behind

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