Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Sociology

Title

Diversified transnational mothering via telecommunication: Intensive, collaborative, and passive

Language

English

Abstract

Recent research argues that the use of information and communication technology (ICT) has created a new channel through which transnational mothers can fulfill their maternal duties from afar. However, the literature pays little attention to the diversity of mothering practices via telecommunication. To fill this gap, our qualitative research on Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong elaborates on the complexity and diversity of transnational mothering via mobile communication by demonstrating three patterns for the performance of maternal duties: intensive, collaborative, and passive mothering. We argue that transnational mothering via telecommunication is shaped by the intersection of mothers' agency, children's responses, and substitute caregivers' role in child care. © 2013 by The Author(s).

Keywords

Filipina domestic workers, information and communication technology (ICT), telecommunication, transnational mothering

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Gender and Society

Volume

27

Issue

4

Start Page

491

End Page

513

Publisher

SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/0891243212473197

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0891243212473197

ISSN (print)

08912432

ISSN (electronic)

15523977

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