Bolivian Transnational Families in Barcelona: Institutional Configurations and Care Arrangements
The present communication aims to highlight that the arrangement of care in transnational families is a daily and permanent effort of conjugation of partial rights, unstable social statuses and multi-sited family responsibilities, in order to struggle for the achievement of families’ conceptions of good life. Therefore, we focus on how the obstacles imposed by welfare and citizenship regimes, and by modes of labor organization, both in origin and destination, interact with the care configurations within the transnational families. In a broad sense, our proposition is to explain the crossing points, through different social scales, between the legal, the productive and the reproductive migrants’ worlds.
This article presents the partial results of the doctoral project “Bolivian transnational families in Barcelona and São Paulo: institutional configurations and migrant autonomy” developed with the support of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel of Brazil (CAPES). Based on family life history interviews (Bertaux & Delcroix) performed in Barcelona, we tried to understand the interfaces between access / deprivation of rights and the different means of labor insertion, both in Bolivia and in Spain, and the care arrangements through the families’ history.