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Left-Behind Children and The Ideas of The Family Research On Families

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Overseas migration defines and shapes the daily lives of tens of millions of people in Asia Pacific on a daily basis. Much of the reconfiguration of life is taking place in families. The often overlooked element of migration is what happens to the children who are left behind by their migrant parents. Migration has created the notion of transnational families, in which activities that are associated with parent-child relationships are now organised across national boundaries. The production and maintenance of transnational families require the reorganisation of familial relationships with consequences that are not always desired. How do the children cope with the absence of one or both parents? What does growing up with absent parents mean to children? Can the husbands whose wives are away take over the role of motherhood while accepting the fact that they are not the breadwinner in the family? How do migrant parents perceive their children back home while doing a care job looking after other children overseas? To what extent does migration change the idea of child welfare or parenthood? The collection of articles in this book try to answer those questions from country specific perspectives. Stories from the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan and Vietnam each documents different processes of reorganising families across geographical and cultural boundaries. One theme that runs through these cases is that parenting and childcare are no longer taken for granted as family members switch roles and adopt new strategies to negotiate the new spatial and temporal setting. In addition, while families are quick to find new ways albeit with struggles, governments have been slow in adapting to the new environment. Their main concern is still overwhelmingly economic and limited to facilitating the flow of labour demand and supply across borders. This publication hopefully sheds light on different, more humane, dimensions of the migration, and encourages appropriate attitudes and policies.
ISBN 978-979-21-5018-6
Terbit 2016
Halaman 112
Berat 150
Dimensi 148x210