Edited by Marzia Grassi and Tatiana Ferreira


This book brings together a range of papers on transna­tional lives, mobil­ity and gen­der stud­ies from var­i­ous dis­ci­pli­nary per­spec­tives and geo­graph­i­cal con­texts, includ­ing Euro­pean, African and Amer­i­can countries.

The thir­teen con­tri­bu­tions to the vol­ume pro­vide insights into transna­tional migra­tion and fam­ily issues, offer­ing a renewed the­o­ret­i­cal approach to the dif­fer­ing con­di­tions in migra­tion access in ori­gin soci­eties and the scope of social inclu­sion in the receiv­ing coun­tries. The diver­sity of the authors’ back­grounds and the range of geo­graph­i­cal con­texts allow a wider under­stand­ing of the fam­ily in the transna­tional space, one that con­sid­ers mobil­ity as a devel­op­men­tal oppor­tu­nity for indi­vid­u­als, whose con­se­quences in the con­tem­po­rary world have not yet been suf­fi­ciently studied.

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Intro­duc­tion — Marzia Grassi

Part I: Mobil­ity and cou­ple relationships

Chap­ter One- Transna­tion­al­ism and Con­ju­gal­ity: The Angola/​Portugal Case (Marzia Grassi)

Chap­ter Two- Ille­gal­iza­tion and Social Inequal­ity in the Reg­u­la­tion of Mar­riage and Migra­tion Con­trol in Por­tu­gal (Mar­i­anna Bacci Tamburlini)

Chap­ter Three- Day to Day Life of Transna­tional Cou­ples (Tatiana Ferreira)

Chap­ter Four- Mar­riage and Migra­tion in Por­tu­gal: Explor­ing Trends and Pat­terns of Divorce in Exog­a­mous and Endog­a­mous Cou­ples (Ana Cristina Fer­reira, Madalena Ramos and Sofia Gaspar)

Part II: Kin­ship and care

Chap­ter Five- Transna­tional Moth­ers and Devel­op­ment: Expe­ri­ences of Sal­vado­ran Migrants in the United States (Leisy J. Abrego)

Chap­ter Six- Inter­gen­er­a­tional Sol­i­dar­ity in Transna­tional Space: The Case of Elderly Par­ents Left Behind in Lithua­nia (Mar­garita Gedvilaitè-​Kordusiené)

Chap­ter Seven- Par­ent­ing from afar: Parental Arrange­ments After Migra­tion. The Angola/​Portugal Case (Luena Marinho)

Chap­ter Eight- Migra­tions, Women and Kin­ship Net­works in the West­ern Indian Ocean: A Com­par­a­tive Per­spec­tive (Francesca Declich)

Part III: Gen­der and gen­er­a­tions across borders

Chap­ter Nine- Ver­acruz Migrants Trav­el­ling North: Transna­tion­al­ism from Inter­nal and Inter­na­tional Migra­tions in Mex­ico (Blanca D. Vásquez Delgado)

Chap­ter Ten- Coura­geous Women Cross­ing the East­ern Bor­der between Mex­ico and the United States (Teresa Cueva-​Luna)

Chap­ter Eleven- A Gen­der Approach in Brain Drain: The New Labor Pre­car­i­ous­ness of Highly Skilled Por­tuguese Women (Maria de Lour­des Machado-​Taylor, Rui Gomes, João Teix­eira Lopes, Luísa Cerdeira and Hen­rique Vaz)

Chap­ter Twelve- A Metaphor­i­cal Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Chil­dren of Cape Verdean Immi­grants’ Tran­si­tion to Adult­hood: An Analy­sis of the Plot Struc­ture and Char­ac­ter Con­stel­la­tion in the Fea­ture Film Até Ver a Luz (2013) (Rose­marie Albrecht)