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Parenting From Afar and the Reconfiguration of Family Across Distance$
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Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, Jill Brown, and Carolyn Pope Edwards

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190265076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190265076.001.0001

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Scattering Seeds in Las Orquideas

Scattering Seeds in Las Orquideas

The Role of Kin Networks in Ecuadorian Parental Emigration

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Parenting From Afar and the Reconfiguration of Family Across Distance

Heather Rae-Espinoza

Oxford University Press

Globalization and mobility reconfigure families with historical continuities and modern innovations. In Guayaquil, Ecuador, parental emigration reveals the impact of historical rural-to-urban and international migration on current parental ethnotheories. This chapter discusses life in this global city through the description of a focal family that stays, the Mendozas. Their neighborhood, Las Orquideas, is a microcosm of family structure variations, egregious class disparity, the intransigence of aspirations, and the complexity of urban life. These factors influence the decisions to migrate and to stay that dually redefine families in Guayaquil. As parents emigrated and children stayed, the experience of dispersing and maintaining ties led to different developmental consequences. These qualitative representations encourage analyses of families in their kin networks, neighborhoods, and dynamic sociocultural settings while also building systematic connections between the cases for understanding parenting at a distance.

Keywords:   parental emigration, Ecuador, children, separation, migration

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