The Social Reproductive Worlds of Migrants II

Monday, 11 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 41 (Main Building)
RC06 Family Research (host committee)

Language: English

Session II

While research highlights the role inward migration plays in meeting the social reproductive needs of migrant-receiving societies, less attention is paid to the social reproductive aspects of migrants’ lives. In the context of the increasing volume in international migration and its feminisation, and the increasingly instrumentalist and economistic approach to migration-entry regimes, it is critical that migration and family policies begin to acknowledge that a production system cannot operate without a reproduction system (Truong, 1996).

This joint (RC06 and RC31) paper presentation session, invites papers that contribute to developing a research agenda on the social reproductive worlds of migrants. Social reproduction incorporates family building through relationship formation and procreation, and the ongoing care required in the maintenance of people on a daily basis across the life-course. Thus, we seek contributions that examine how during processes of migration, families are formed, procreate and care.

Possible areas include: 1) spatial and temporal configurations of how migrants organise their social reproductive worlds, and how these relate to the patterning of opportunities and constraints rendered by public policies in both countries of origin and of destination; 2) the role of managed migration strategies in the development of patterns of ‘stratified social reproduction’ (Kraler, 2010) among migrants; 3) how, to what extent and under which conditions transnational family dynamics and solidarities provide kin members with a safety net and greater opportunities to access and claim rights to social protection; 4) the gendered nature of migrants’ social reproductive worlds, including male as well as female migrants.

Session Organizer:
Majella KILKEY, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Laura MERLA, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and Loretta BALDASSAR, University of Western Australia, Australia
Ambivalence and Inclusion: Italian Middle Class Migrants in Norway.
Lise Widding ISAKSEN, Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, Norway
Migrant Families in Italy: Gendered Reconciliation Processes Between Social Reproduction and Paid Work
Arianna SANTERO, University of Turin, Italy; Manuela NALDINI, University of Turin, Italy
Reproductive and Productive Social Mobility Strategies of Latin American Migrant Families in Spain
Laura OSO CASAS, Universidade da Coruña, Spain; Laura SUAREZ-GRIMALT, University of Barcelona, Spain
Transnational Spaces of Care – Migrant Families of the Elderly Poles
Agnieszka RADZIWINOWICZÓWNA, University of Warsaw, Poland; Weronika KLOC-NOWAK, University of Warsaw, Poland; Anna KORDASIEWICZ, University of Warsaw, Poland
The Multiplication of Elder Care Strategies in Migrant Indigenous Mexican Families
Maria MARTINEZ-IGLESIAS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Translocal Lives: Social Reproduction Amongst Polish Migrant Entrepreneurs in the UK
Catherine HARRIS, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Ambivalence? Cultivation? or Simply Some Free Time? Transnational Short-Term Migrant Returns Across Three Family Generations
Magdalena SLUSARCZYK, Jagiellonian University, Poland; Paula PUSTULKA, Jagiellonian University, Poland
How Migrants Do Family: Citizenship Entitlements, Family Rights, Gender and Social Stratifications
Majella KILKEY, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom; Domenica URZI, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
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