Séminaire Mimed janvier 2024 – Intergenerational care across the lifecourse in transnational families

Thursday 25th January 2024 at MMSH, Aix-en-Provence

02:00-04:00pm, Room Duby, free entry. Exceptionally, the session will be conducted in English. 

Remote participation online possible. Zoom link : https://univ-amu-fr.zoom.us/j/88096331905?pwd=Q1VhS2l4R2pKamZPZjZWNncwcUc5UT09

How do transnational families, separated by borders, maintain ties despite distance? How do parents, children and older people continue to care for each other across distance? This is a central question addressed by the European research project “Transnational Families in Europe : Care, Inequalities and Wellbeing across Generations” (CAREWELL-TF). The research teams will present some of the results of this project based on two forthcoming articles, one written by the French and Spanish teams and the other by the British and Swedish teams of researchers.

Berracas caring. Birth, life and death of the transnational family: a multi-sited ethnography across Colombia, Spain and France.

This contribution focuses on the issue of intergenerational caring practices in Colombian transnational families. It draws on a multi-sited ethnography conducted with members of different generations, in Colombia, Spain and France. It focuses on the accounts of female family members who have a prominent role in care arrangements locally and transnationally, linked to the absence of men in their family networks and to their feminised demographic presence and occupation in Europe. Drawing on a life course and trajectory perspective, it analyses the reconfiguration and circulations of caring practices and people across the three countries (and beyond) over time. Overall, the paper shows how care and social protection arrangements in transnational families evolve over time, reflecting their birth, rise and gradual dissolution of their ties, with underlying relational tensions explored through ethnographic methods.

With : 

  • Polina Palash, postdoctoral researcher, Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, TELEMMe, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Andrea Souto Garcia, postdoctoral researcher, University of A Coruña, ESOMI, A Coruña, Spain

Young people’s caregiving practices in transnational families: Insights from Sweden and the UK

Although there is a substantial body of literature on young people as caregivers, less is known about their caring roles within migrant families. This contribution focuses on the roles of young people and young adults in the caring arrangements of transnational families from the ‘Global South’ residing in Sweden and the UK. It draws on the data collected through a multi-sited family-focused ethnographic and participatory action research project, particularly from in-depth interviews with young people and their (transnational) family members, in these two countries of contrasting migration histories and welfare systems. In its first part, the paper outlines the various caring practices these young people engage in both within proximate as well as distant family relations. Subsequently, we present how the caring responsibilities are perceived and negotiated by the young carers and their family members in their proximity. Overall, the paper shows that young people and young adults play crucial roles both as carers within the changing family constellations of transnational families and as ‘bridges’ between family and public institutions and receiving societies.

With :

  • Rosa Mas Giralt, co-Principal Investigator of Transnational Families in Europe project, Lifelong Learning Centre and School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK
  • Brigitte Suter, associate professor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Sweden


  • Valentina Napolitano, sociologist, IRD, LPED, Aix-Marseille University, France
  • Francesca Sirna, sociologist, CNRS, Centre Norbert Elias, EHESS, France

You will find the poster available at the following link : https://filesender.renater.fr/?s=download&token=ebebfc88-bd1c-438c-b0dd-4907a971b496


OpenEdition vous propose de citer ce billet de la manière suivante :
Luna Russo (15 décembre 2023). Séminaire Mimed janvier 2024 – Intergenerational care across the lifecourse in transnational families. MIMED. Consulté le 16 juillet 2024 à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/rfxz

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