As a result of the dominance of highly individualised, economistic and gendered analyses of migration and globalisation processes, family life has often been relegated to the ‘back stage’ of research on globalisation and migration. However, a number of closely linked developments in both fields are raising awareness of the critical position that family occupies in the relationship between migration and globalisation, pushing analyses of family life to the ‘front stage’ of research. In this chapter, we examine the relationship between family, globalisation and migration through the lens of care, focusing specifically on the experiences of transnational families. We begin by examining how uneven globalisation processes produce ‘crises of care’, which migration can help alleviate. We move on to explore the transnational care strategies migrants and their kin members in the country of origin develop to maintain familyhood across borders, including when trapped in immobility. In such a context, the opportunities provided by ICTs to maintain connections and to care across distance have become especially important. We conclude by arguing that mobility and internet access are thus key features of globalisation that require careful policy attention at both national and transnational levels.
Baldassar, Loretta ; Kilkey, Majella ; Merla, Laura ; Wilding, Raelene. Transnational families in the era of global mobility. In: Anna Triandafyllidou, Handbook of migration and globalisation (Handbooks on Globalisation Series), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, 431-443.