Perpetuating Split-household Families. The Case of Mexican Sojourners in Mid-Michigan and their Transnational Fatherhood Practices

Juan José Bustamante, Carlos Alemán

Resumen

Abstract

New guest worker programs that promote temporary and documented immigration have been re-implemented by the United States. This is immigration policy that affects Mexican family organization within and across the border. Hence this paper examines fi rst how Mexican male sojourners undertake their reproductive and productive work, by helping to sustain family life even though they are prevented from family reunifi cation. Second, it explores how sojourners rearrange their parental responsibilities that have been disrupted by spatial-temporal family separation through transnational fatherhood.

 


RESUMEN


Nuevos programas de trabajadores huéspedes que promueven la inmigración temporal y documentada han sido reimplementados por Estados Unidos. Ésta es una política de inmigración que afecta la organización familiar mexicana de la familia dentro y fuera de la frontera. Por lo tanto, este trabajo examina, primero, cómo los trabajadores huéspedes se hacen cargo de su trabajo tanto productivo como reproductivo ayudando a la manutención familiar a pesar de tener incertidumbre ante la reunifi cación de la familia. En segundo lugar, explora cómo los trabajadores huéspedes reordenan sus responsabilidades paternas obstaculizadas por una separación espacio-temporal de la familia en un contexto de paternidad transnacional.

Keywords: international migration; labor migration; social policy; transnational fatherhood; family relations



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Fecha de recepción: 29 de marzo de 2006

Fecha de aceptación: 5 de diciembre de 2006



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