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Grandparenting in the context of care for grandchildren by foreign domestic workers

Shirley Hsiao-li Sun

in Contemporary grandparenting

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781847429681
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307624 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429681.003.0006
Grandparenting in the context of care for grandchildren by foreign domestic workers

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Interview data collected on the topic of ‘the best caregiver for children up to three years of age’ in Singapore lends substantial support to the intergenerational solidarity perspective. At the same time, there are signs of intergenerational ambivalence. The grandparental generation in Singapore is re-negotiating the norm of obligation to care for their grandchildren by contracting out part of the grandchildcare to foreign domestic workers. The data presented in this chapter suggests the need to consider to what extent intergenerational solidarity, ambivalence, and conflict characterize the relationship between older parents and their adult children in caring for (grand)children, and whether this is primarily a function of the socio-economic class positions of the families.

Keywords: Foreign domestic workers (FDWs); Grandparents; Childcare; Low fertility; Class; Singapore

Chapter.  7997 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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