9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS10 Socio-Anthropology of Trans-national Migrations and Migrants' Families

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Readjustments of Gender Relations in Trans-national Families Building II, C2.05

Transnational Families

Transnational Migrant Families

New publications on transnational social spaces are identifying transnational families as most important new transnational institutions. (Pries 2008) However, there are very few publications on transnational families in the European context. More research has been done on Asian and Latin American transnational families. This research identifies transnational family decisions e.g. on education as a condition for upward mobility as often traditional and gender biased. We do not know whether this is also the case in the families of former guestworkers from the European South, from North Africa and Turkey to Northern and Western European countries.

In my paper, I want to present research that already has been done on European transnational migrant families. Furthermore, I will try to draw first conclusions about the co-operation structures in these families. The most important question is how power relations between men and women have been changed in transnational families within the last two generations.