Transnational Family Communication

Immigrants and ICTs

Authors: Cuban, Sondra

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  • Introduces a new framework of transnational family communication: Transnational ICT-based Communication Chains (TICCs)
  • Discusses the politics and policies surrounding transnational family communication 
  • Explores how family members, when separated by borders, develop independent family identities 
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This book explores the struggles that immigrant women experience when communicating with their transnational families through information and communication technologies (ICTs). Sondra Cuban recounts the fascinating stories of sixty female immigrants living in Washington state, and explores how gender, social class, nationality, and language influence their ICT usage. She addresses the emotional labor involved in interacting with the families they left behind as well as their ingenious communication systems which challenge the existing research surrounding this unique phenomenon. Early chapters of this book detail the current arguments and theories of transnational family communication in order to propose a new model thereof. Throughout, larger questions of global equality are addressed. 

About the authors

Sondra Cuban is Professor at Western Washington University, USA, and an educational sociologist studying the trajectories, aspirations, and struggles of women immigrants. She is the author of Deskilling Migrant Women in the Global Care Industry (2013). 

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“The book is a relevant addition to ICT communication research and gives a marvellous insight into transnational familyhood. … The book is recommended reading for mobility as well as communication researchers, but it could also be of interest for a much wider audience because it offers interesting insights into contemporary behaviour patterns.” (Keiu Telve, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 8 (3), 2018)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: “I Wish I Was a Bird”

    Pages 1-36

    Cuban, Sondra

  • Framing Transnational Family Communication: “It Feels like a Contradiction, Close and Far”

    Pages 37-73

    Cuban, Sondra

  • My Methodological Approach: “It Reminds Me of Lots of Things”

    Pages 75-111

    Cuban, Sondra

  • Cars and Schools and Heart Is in Canada: Divergent Communication Pathways of Immigrant Women

    Pages 113-145

    Cuban, Sondra

  • The ICT-Based Networks of Highly Skilled Immigrant Women: “I Had Bigger Ambitions”

    Pages 147-178

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transnational Family Communication
Book Subtitle
Immigrants and ICTs
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58644-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58644-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58643-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 298
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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