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The Role of Trust and Reciprocity in Transnational Care Towards Children

Chapter in book
Authors Charlotte Melander
Oksana Shmulyar Gréen
Ingrid Höjer
Published in Family Life in Transition Borders, Transnational Mobility, and Welfare Society in Nordic Countries
Pages 216
ISBN 9780367111014
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Department of Social Work
Pages 216
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.4324/97804290248...
Keywords Mobility within the EU, family, transnational care, trust, Sweden
Subject categories Sociology

Abstract

This chapter examines the relational dynamics of care arrangements in transnational families of post-accession Central and Eastern European migrants working in Sweden. The extensive research on transnational families in Europe has begun to show great variation in the arrangement and negotiation of care for children remaining in the country of origin when one or both parents migrate for work. The chapter attempts to growing research on transnational care arrangements within the context of post-accession European Union mobility by focusing on trust and reciprocity as essential elements in negotiations about who should be involved in the care of children staying in the home country. Direct care at a distance and building trust between parents and children is a prioritized and ongoing process facilitated by digital media. The relationships within the care triangles are built on love, trust, and reciprocity actively reproduced through the willingness to be there for each other and the children.

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