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Grandparents, kinship ties, and belonging after migration : the perspective of second-generation grandchildren



Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Global networks
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords belonging; caregiving; Czech Republic; grandchildhood; homeland visits; kinning; second generation
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Description In this article, I investigate the roles of grandparents for second-generation immigrants who live with their parents in a different country from their grandparents. I draw on in-depth interviews with second-generation Vietnamese immigrants living in the Czech Republic, where they are very often raised by Czech caregivers. The carers and the children are joined through the process of caregiving and become grandmothers and grandchildren to each other. The analysis focuses on how the interviewees make sense of, interpret, and understand their roles as grandchildren vis-á-vis their Czech and Vietnamese grandmothers. It shows how, after migration, the kinship ties are performed, negotiated, and reproduced on a micro level of everyday life, with tasks of caring, homeland visits, and a transnational/face-to-face maintenance of intimacy. The article concludes that grandparents play an important role in the grandchildren's sense of belonging both to their family kin and to the homeland.
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