Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility

Global Perspectives through the Life Course

  • Majella Kilkey
  • Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Lise Widding Isaksen
    Pages 163-185
  3. Sarah van Walsum
    Pages 313-335
  4. Majella Kilkey, Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck
    Pages 337-350
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 351-358

About this book


In an age of migration and mobility many aspects of contemporary family life – from biological reproduction to marriage, from child-rearing to care of the elderly - take place against a backdrop of intensified movement across a range of spatial scales from the global to the local. This insightful book analyzes the opportunities and challenges this poses for families and for academic, empirical and policy understandings of ‘the family’ on a global level, including case studies from Europe, India, the Philippines, South Korea, the United States and Australia. With chapters on international reproductive tourism, transnational parenting, ‘mail-order brides’ and ‘sunset migration’, it examines the implications of migration and mobility for families at different stages of the life course. Moreover, it brings together leading international scholars to connect a fragmented field of research, and in so doing enables an interdisciplinary exchange, generating new insights for theory, policy and empirical analysis.


Family life mobility migration life course (social) reproduction care migration law social policies Global South Global North Europe ICTs reproductive technologies social inequalities

Editors and affiliations

  • Majella Kilkey
    • 1
  • Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociological StudiesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Gender StudiesUniversity of FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

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