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Im/Mobilities and Care Work: Social Reproduction and Migrant 'Families'

Im/Mobilities and Care Work: Social Reproduction and Migrant 'Families'
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N, Munk School of Global Affairs
Time: Aug 8th, 9:00 am End: Aug 8th, 12:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Sociology (FAS), Geography & Planning (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Lecture by Pei-Chia Lan, National Taiwan University

The Asian Institute and the Department of Sociology present



Power Geometries of Global Parenting:
Raising Children in the Stratified Emotional Field


Building on Doreen Massey’s insight, I coined the concept “the power geometry of global parenting” to describe the rising class inequality and emotional stratification as a condition and a consequence of “global parenting”—the repertoire and practice of childrearing are increasingly transformed by the transnational flows of idea, goods and people. Drawing on in-depth interviews with middle-class and working-class parents in Taiwan, this paper investigates childrearing as an emotional field in which social class shapes parents’ differential relations with globalization and divergent styles of childrearing. Parents with class privilege not only cross borders more easily, but they also have more access to transnational cultural and emotional resources. Moreover, the hyper-mobility of some families, whether in the geographic, cultural or emotional landscape, can hurt the life opportunities of those who are trapped locally.


 Pei-Chia Lan is Professor of Sociology at National Taiwan University. Her award-winning book Global Cinderellas: Migrant Domestics and Newly Rich Employers in Taiwan was published by Duke University Press in 2006. She is working on her second book, tentatively entitled Global Parenting Divides, which examines how ethnic Chinese parents in the US and Taiwan negotiate cultural differences and class inequality to raise children in the contexts of globalization and immigration.



Emerging Agendas in Migration Research



 For more information, please contact the Asian Institute - Rachel Ostep at 416-946-8996

This workshop is organized by: Dr. Rachel Silvey, Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto; Dr. Danièle Bélanger, Professeure titulaire, Départment de géographie, Université Laval; and Dr. Hae Yeon Choo, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto.



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