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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225619

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225619.001.0001

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Raising Children, and Growing Up, across National Borders

Raising Children, and Growing Up, across National Borders

Comparative Perspectives on Age, Gender, and Migration

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(p.241) Chapter 12 Raising Children, and Growing Up, across National Borders
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Gender and U.S. Immigration
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Barrie Thorne

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

Wan Shun Eva Lam

Anna Chee

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225619.003.0012

This chapter discusses the intersecting significance of gender, national origin, citizenship status, and age in forming the back-and-forth migration of transnational family members. The focus of its discussion is children, with the aim of bringing their relationships, presence, and participation with adults more fully into immigration research. The chapter also includes the story of Elian Gonzalez, a 5-year-old Cuban boy who was the focus of a child-custody battle among members of a transnational family. Elian's story highlights the experiences of families whose members maintain relationships, as well as those involving the raising of children, across national borders.

Keywords:   gender, national origin, citizenship status, transnational family, migration, children, immigration research, Elian Gonzalez

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