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ERIC Number: EJ776402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Children and Power in Mexican Transnational Families
Dreby, Joanna
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n4 p1050-1064 Nov 2007
Today, many families find that they are unable to fulfill the goal of maintaining a household by living together under the same roof. Some members migrate internationally. This article addresses the consequences of a transnational lifestyle for children who are left behind by migrant parents. Using ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with a total of 141 members of Mexican transnational families, I explore how children who are left behind react to parents' migrations. I focus on how Mexican children manifest the competing pressures they feel surrounding parents' migrations and consequently shape family migration patterns. The article shows that children may experience power, albeit in different ways at different ages, while simultaneously being disadvantaged as dependents and in terms of their families' socioeconomic status.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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