Edited by Marzia Grassi and Tatiana Ferreira


This book brings together a range of papers on transnational lives, mobility and gender studies from various disciplinary perspectives and geographical contexts, including European, African and American countries.

The thirteen contributions to the volume provide insights into transnational migration and family issues, offering a renewed theoretical approach to the differing conditions in migration access in origin societies and the scope of social inclusion in the receiving countries. The diversity of the authors’ backgrounds and the range of geographical contexts allow a wider understanding of the family in the transnational space, one that considers mobility as a developmental opportunity for individuals, whose consequences in the contemporary world have not yet been sufficiently studied.


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Introduction - Marzia Grassi 


Part I: Mobility and couple relationships

Chapter One - Transnationalism and Conjugality: The Angola/Portugal Case (Marzia Grassi)

Chapter Two - Illegalization and Social Inequality in the Regulation of Marriage and Migration Control in Portugal (Marianna Bacci Tamburlini)

Chapter Three - Day to Day Life of Transnational Couples (Tatiana Ferreira)

Chapter Four - Marriage and Migration in Portugal: Exploring Trends and Patterns of Divorce in Exogamous and Endogamous Couples (Ana Cristina Ferreira, Madalena Ramos and Sofia Gaspar) 


Part II: Kinship and care

Chapter Five - Transnational Mothers and Development: Experiences of Salvadoran Migrants in the United States (Leisy J. Abrego)

Chapter Six - Intergenerational Solidarity in Transnational Space: The Case of Elderly Parents Left Behind in Lithuania (Margarita Gedvilaitè-Kordusiené)

Chapter Seven - Parenting from afar: Parental Arrangements After Migration. The Angola/Portugal Case (Luena Marinho)

Chapter Eight - Migrations, Women and Kinship Networks in the Western Indian Ocean: A Comparative Perspective (Francesca Declich)


Part III: Gender and generations across borders

Chapter Nine - Veracruz Migrants Travelling North: Transnationalism from Internal and International Migrations in Mexico (Blanca D. Vásquez Delgado)

Chapter Ten - Courageous Women Crossing the Eastern Border between Mexico and the United States (Teresa Cueva-Luna)

Chapter Eleven - A Gender Approach in Brain Drain: The New Labor Precariousness of Highly Skilled Portuguese Women (Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor, Rui Gomes, João Teixeira Lopes, Luísa Cerdeira and Henrique Vaz)

Chapter Twelve - A Metaphorical Representation of the Children of Cape Verdean Immigrants’ Transition to Adulthood: An Analysis of the Plot Structure and Character Constellation in the Feature Film Até Ver a Luz (2013) (Rosemarie Albrecht)