By Alber, Drotbohm, Erdmute Alber, Heike Drotbohm

ISBN-10: 1137513446

ISBN-13: 9781137513441

ISBN-10: 1349553611

ISBN-13: 9781349553617

Drawing on ethnographic case reviews from various international components, this publication explores the concept of care from an anthropological viewpoint.

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1990. The Minimal Family. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. Federici, Silvia. 2009. ” Paper presented at University of California Santa Cruz seminar, January 27, 2009. Federici, Silvia. 2010. ” In Craig Hughes, Stevie Peace, and Kevin Van Meter, eds. Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States, 283–294. Oakland: AK Press. Grasmuck, Sherri and Patricia R. Pessar. 1991. Between Two Islands: Dominican International Migration. Berkeley: University of California Press.

91). She goes on to explain that women’s “personal relations offer them [a] social and human advantage. ). : 95). In short, then, gifting, whether in the form of things or of care and help, is a powerful means of creating and sustaining social relationships. The gifting of care, as this chapter will show, may constitute social relatedness, and shifting patterns of care may have significant impacts on social and familial ties. In particular, the following discussion will show that the gifting of care may take on multiple meanings within a (woman’s) lifetime and, in the context of international migration, may spread transnationally to encompass several social spaces.

During her first visit home, two or three years after she had first left for Israel, Lena had a fight with her husband over financial matters because, in her view, he had not used her remittances wisely to pay back the loan they had taken up to buy the house, but had wasted too much on consumer goods and outings. In order to make him understand the urgency of their situation and also to discipline him, she shifted a large part of her remittances to her sister, while also relocating their daughter to her sister’s household.

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