Rethinking stories of transnational mothering in the context of international study

Lockwood, KA ORCID:, Smith, K and Karpenko-Seccombe, T 2019, 'Rethinking stories of transnational mothering in the context of international study' , Women's Studies International Forum, 72 , pp. 17-24.

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Women’s migration has facilitated diverse understandings of both mothering and motherhood. Despite this, transnational mothering tends to be understood in narrowly defined terms, largely associated with economic necessity, with alternative motivations for women’s migration and transnational mothering largely absent from existing literature. This research aims to contribute to literature about transnational mothering by drawing on research with mothers in the context of postgraduate international study to explore the different ways in which mothers reproduce, negotiate, contest and diversify narratives of ‘good mothering’. We also bring greater visibility to stories of transnational mothers and illuminate the other interests and aspirations that transnational mothers evoke with regards to their migration. We argue that rethinking stories of transnational mothering allows us to hear about and to value a diversity of mothers’ lives, so these mothers do not have to inhabit the margins and periphery of stories of either motherhood or international student life.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Women's Studies International Forum
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0277-5395
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Funders: Intellectual climate fund - University of Huddersfield
Depositing User: KA Lockwood
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2018 09:32
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 00:17

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