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Transnational familyhood and the liquid life paths of South Americans in the UK

Mas Giralt, Rosa and Bailey, Adrian J. (2010) Transnational familyhood and the liquid life paths of South Americans in the UK. Global Networks, 10 (3). pp. 383-400. ISSN 14702266

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Abstract

In this article, we explore the nature of identity in the contemporary transnational family. To do this we extend lifecourse scholarship by considering Bauman’s liquid modernity thesis and introducing the concept of a liquid life path. Original empirical examples drawn from our work among South American migrants and their families living in London and northern England illustrate diverse patterns of identification; everyday practices and social norms associated with maintaining split families, including parenting and remitting, coalesce around liquid life paths. We describe how these life paths turn on and reproduce a set of spatial and temporal imaginaries. We also reflect on the implications of these fluid imaginaries for our
understanding of transnational familyhood.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research
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Depositing User: Rosa Mas Giralt
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2015 16:21
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 16:46
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/26276

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