The Labor of Care: Emotions, Technology and Care Work in Filipino Transnational Families
As part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology Winter Speakers Series, Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, assistant professor at San Francisco State University, will present “The Labor of Care: Emotions, Technology and Care Work in Filipino Transnational Families.”
Francisco-Menchavez spent five years alongside a group of working migrant mothers. Drawing on interviews and up-close collaboration with these women, Francisco-Menchavez looks at the sacrifices, emotional and material consequences, and recasting of roles that emerge from family separation. She pays attention to how technologies like Facebook, Skype and recorded video open transformative ways of bridging distances while still supporting traditional family dynamics. As she shows, migrants also build communities of care in their host countries. These chosen families provide an essential form of mutual support. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of today's transnational family — sundered, yet inexorably linked over the distances by timeless emotions and new forms of intimacy.
Francisco-Menchavez received her PhD from the Department of Sociology at City University of New York, The Graduate Center. Her current book, The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants Transnational Families in a Digital Age, explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S. Through an examination of neoliberal immigration policies and market forces, Francisco-Menchavez contextualizes the shifts in the long-standing transnational family formation in the Philippines. The University of Illinois Press published the book in April 2018.
The McGill Canada Research Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production is co-sponsoring this event.