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Parenting From Afar and the Reconfiguration of Family Across Distance

Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, Jill Brown, and Carolyn Pope Edwards


The definition of family as a conjugal group consisting of parents and children living in the same household is in the process of a profound reworking, one that includes the constellation of family life that exists around the world. Increased migration and mobility have challenged traditional notions of what constitutes a family, yet much mainstream research relies on past notions of a cohesive unit under one domicile. Many families today are separated across distance and maintain ties in a multitude of ways. And although researchers have increasingly paid attention to this new picture of the ... More

Keywords: families, long-distance parenting, migration, mobility, refugees, orphans, fosterage, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190265076
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190265076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Jill Brown, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Creighton University

Carolyn Pope Edwards, editor
Willa Cather Professor of Psychology and Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, Jill Brown, and Carolyn Pope Edwards

Section I Economic Migration and Family Dispersal

2 Migration and “Skipped Generation” Households in Thailand

Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, Sureeporn Punpuing, Kanchana Tangchonlatip, and Laura Yakas

3 Fictive Kinships and the Remaking of Family Life in the Context of Paid Domestic Work

Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, Aileen S. Garcia, and Minerva D. Tuliao

4 Changing Country, Changing Gender Roles

Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka, Magdalena Z˙adkowska, Brita Gjerstad, Justyna S´widrak, Anna Kwiatkowska, Gunhild Odden, Oleksandr Ryndyk, Kuba KryS´, and Gunn Vedøy

Section II Sociopolitical Crises and Family Separation

6 The Making of “Orphans”

Kristen E. Cheney

8 Untold Transnational Family Life on the Sonora–Arizona Border

Marcela Sotomayor-Petersonand Ana A. Lucero-Liu

9 The Experience of Families Separated by Military Deployment

Ruth Ellingsen, Catherine Mogil, and Patricia Lester

Section III Personal Crises and Family Separation

10 Children as Providers and Recipients of Support

Mónica Ruiz-Casares, Shelene Gentz, and Jesse Beatson

11 Parenting from Prison

Joyce A. Ardittiand Jonathon J. Beckmeyer

12 Distance Mothering

Michelle Bemiller

Section IV Family Separation as a Normative Cultural Practice and in Pursuit of Education

14 Satellite Babies

Yvonne Bohr, Cindy H. Liu, Stephen H. Chen, and Leslie K. Wang

15 Going the Distance

Sumie Okazakiand Jeehun Kim

16 Where Should My Child Go to School?

Edmund T. Hamann, Víctor Zúñiga, and Juan Sánchez García

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