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Article de journal

Between hearts and pockets: locating the outcomes of transnational homemaking practices among Mexican women in Canada's temporary migration programmes

Date

2013

Auteurs

Kerry Preibish et Evelyn Encalada Grez

Résumé

Temporary migration programmes (TMPs) contain features such as reduced costs and the social legitimation of regularized entry that allow women, including the very poor, to access transnational livelihoods. For mothers, taking up opportunities for employment abroad inevitably involves ‘transnational homemaking’, the set practices involved in caring for family relationships and maintaining household economies across borders. In this article, we examine the transnational homemaking practices undertaken by rural Mexican migrant women employed in highly masculinized TMPs in Canada, tracing how they construct and maintain household economies across borders through a delicate (re)negotiation of reproductive roles and responsibilities with non-migrating kin in Mexico. We find that migration yields material and subjective benefits that enable the expansion of their citizenship across multiple dimensions ranging from the economic to the sexual. At the same time, as racialized, gendered, migrants from the global South, their labour and status in Canada are highly precarious. The advantages derived from transnational migration are thus tenuous, limited, and contradictory.

Journal title

Citizenship Studies

Volume

17

Numéro

6-7

Liens

Secteurs économiques

Agriculture and horticulture workers et General farm workers

Types de contenu

Statistics on work and life conditions

Groupes cibles

Chercheurs

Pertinence géographique

México et National relevance

Sphères d’activité

Socioligie

Langues

Anglais