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Skype Mothers and Facebook Children

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

in The Labor of Care

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print April 2018 | ISBN: 9780252041723
Published online September 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780252050398 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5622/illinois/9780252041723.003.0003
Skype Mothers and Facebook Children

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Chapter two examines care work and intimacy between transnational family members shaped by the advancement in communication technologies, specifically, Skype and Facebook. New care providers, patterns of care work and forms of care emerge through these particular technological platforms. Although, technology brings new possibilities of supporting relationships over long distances, it also sometimes hinders relationships through its “all seeing eye” character. Transnational family members are impressive in their ability to stay connected through technology and yet, these strategies are only possible in fact because they are necessary in a world where families are forced to be separated to sustain their livelihoods. The chapter examines multidirectional care through technology’s role in transforming the relationships in transnational families and, importantly, assessing that possibilities and challenges of this development of care under the neoliberal condition they are transformed.

Keywords: Technology; social uses of new technology; transnational motherhood; transnational communication; transnational family; care work

Chapter.  12164 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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