Separation and emotional distance: cases of Mexican undocumented transnational families
by Gabriela M. Echegoyen-Nava
International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion (IJWOE), Vol. 5, No. 3, 2013

Abstract: This paper examines how transnational family interactions and emotional exchanges influence the everyday lives of both undocumented Mexican migrants to the USA and those remaining behind. Within the migration process, some transnational family members gradually become 'emotionally distant' as a result of prolonged absences. Moreover, emotional exchanges can also be substituted for by the sending of remittances and material goods. However, absences do not only cool interfamily relations; separations can also lead to more harmonious relations, ease tensions and help men and especially women become more independent and aware of their own capabilities.

Online publication date: Sat, 28-Jun-2014

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