Department of Sociology
Diversified transnational mothering via telecommunication: Intensive, collaborative, and passive
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).
Filipina domestic workers, information and communication technology (ICT), telecommunication, transnational mothering
Source Publication Title
Gender and Society
Link to Publisher's Edition
Peng, Yinni, and Odalia M. H. Wong. "Diversified transnational mothering via telecommunication: Intensive, collaborative, and passive." Gender and Society 27.4 (2013): 491-513.