Transnational Family Communication During an Economic Crisis: Personal Media Repertoires of Moroccans and Ecuadorians in Spain

  • Cecilia Gordano Peile


This chapter focuses on the intersections of personal media and family diasporas in Southern Europe by analysing how particular diasporic subjects refer to the emotional and economic implications of their management of transnational family communication (TFC). The qualitative study is based on semi-structured interviews with 30 Ecuadorian and Moroccan adults living in Spain during the economic crisis that started in 2007 and whose harmful effects continue to unfold. The analysis is theoretically framed by globalization studies and media and migration studies, drawing on four dimensions: extensity, intensity, velocity, and impact of migrant interconnection. The metaphor of ‘juggling’ proved useful to capture conceptually the multiplicity of elements, feelings, and processes migrants deal with simultaneously when they engage in TFC in times of economic and social instability.


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  • Cecilia Gordano Peile
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  1. 1.Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Universitat Oberta de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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