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Transnational Displays of Parenting and Caring For Elderly Parents

Irena Juozeliūnienė, Gintė Martinkėnė, Irma Budginaitė-Mačkinė
Published: 9 September 2020
Vilnius University Open Series pp 127-154; doi:10.15388/os.2020.7

Abstract: This chapter is set up to incorporate Finch’s idea of ‘display’ to examine how migrant parents, adult migrant children, and close significant persons perform a set of actions to convey to each other and the society at large that these are family-doing activities. The authors sought to demonstrate that the concept of ‘display’ could be applied to analyze transnational practices of parenting and caring for elderly parents in a quantitative way. The chapter draws on the data from a quotabased survey (N = 304) of three types of transnational families: mother-away and father-away with under-aged children living in Lithuania and adult child-away with elderly parents needing care living in Lithuania. The study was carried out in August 2018 as part of the research project ‘Global Migration and Lithuanian Family: Family Practices, Circulation of Care, and the Return Strategies’.
Keywords: Children / survey / adult / display / transnational / Lithuania / Caring / Elderly Parents

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