Gender and transnational families

Gender and transnational families

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On January 27, 2020, Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at University of Southern California, gave a Lecture at Sciences Po as part of PRESAGE 10 years celebration. She adressed the question of how gender constitutes and is constituted in transnational households drawing from a two year ethnographic study on children raised from a distance in the Philippines by migrant parents across the diaspora.

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Who cares for the children? Gender and transational families

While the talk empirically establishes the continued relegation of housework and childcare to women, including in the household of migrant mothers, it also engages the implications of such a finding to feminist theory. It explains the stalled gender revolution in the formation of transnational households with migrant mothers and establishes the significance of examining gender from a relational and not solely an identity perspective.

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