McKay, DCC (2018) Sent home: mapping the absent child into migration through polymedia. Global Networks, 18 (1). pp. 133-150. ISSN 1470-2266

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Migrants and their transnational families represent children on social networking sites, documenting child-rearing practices to enhance social mobility. This article identifies a new group of migrant children—those sent home to parents’ countries of origin for an imagined “good childhood.” It demonstrates that social networking sites (SNS) sustain these children and create new norms for publicness and visibility in transnational parenting. Exploring how families document child-raising across international boundaries, it shows how the trajectories of parenting relationships remain open ended. The article counters the predominant focus on transnational parenting as a kind of abandonment attached to left-behind children. Instead, it refocuses research on the opportunities polymedia affords to families to create and sustain intimacies, making the trajectories of migrant families and children increasingly dynamic. The article thus documents important shifts within the global migration—a transformation that requires changes in the way scholars approach transnational families and long-distance parenting.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) will be available online via Wiley at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: social networks, transnational families, transnational migrants, children, ICTs, citizenship
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 11:37
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2019 01:30

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