9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN33 Women's and Gender Studies

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 Trans-national Migrations and Migrant's Families Building II, C4.01

Women in the lives of Romanian transnational families

In this study I present the strategie through which migrant women manage to fulfill their role of care-provider from a distance. The illustration of the transfer of care towards another woman at home (daughter, sister, mother etc.) stresses the way in which women support each other within transnational families. Interviews with transnational family members (migrants and non-migrants) underline the way in which migrant women manage actively supporting their family financially and emotionally. Moreover, presently in Romania migrant women and their families need to confront the stigmatizing public discourse in which they are referred to as irresponsible mothers leaving their children and careless wives leading their families to divorce and falling apart. This paper is based on 31 interviews and six focus group on the topic of transnational families. Participants include respondents (transnational family members and key persons) from three rural communities