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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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Communities of Care

Communities of Care

(p.94) 3 Communities of Care
The Labor of Care

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

University of Illinois Press

Using a multidirectional care model, chapter three explores “communities of care” which are a form of reorganizing care horizontally, from migrants to other migrants informed by their transnational familial experience. Past chapters discuss care within transnational family units, this chapter moves beyond the transnational family into the fictive kin created abroad among migrants. Although the subject of this chapter are the relationships between migrants living and working in New York City, the stories demonstrate that migrants actively draw from their transnational subjectivities as transnational family members and domestics workers to build a community of care. Drawing from Queer theories and Black feminist thought on fictive kinship, this chapter demonstrates horizontal care among migrants are configured socially rather than biologically.

Keywords:   immigrant social network, chosen family, migrant communities, undocumented migrants, domestic workers, queer kinship, fictive kin, migrant activism

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