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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Transnational familyhood and the liquid life paths of South Americans in the UK

Language

English

Abstract

In this article, we explore the nature of identity in the contemporary transnational family. To do this we extend lifecourse scholarship by considering Bauman's liquid modernity thesis and introducing the concept of a liquid life path. Original empirical examples drawn from our work among South American migrants and their families living in London and northern England illustrate diverse patterns of identification; everyday practices and social norms associated with maintaining split families, including parenting and remitting, coalesce around liquid life paths. We describe how these life paths turn on and reproduce a set of spatial and temporal imaginaries. We also reflect on the implications of these fluid imaginaries for our understanding of transnational familyhood. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd & Global Networks Partnership.

Keywords

Childhood, Lifecourse, Liquid life path, Remittances, South americans, Transnational family, UK

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication Title

Global Networks

Volume

10

Issue

3

Start Page

383

End Page

400

Publisher

Wiley

ISSN (print)

14702266

ISSN (electronic)

14710374

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