(Im)mobilities of transnational ageing care: negotiating separation, solidarity and conflict within Brazilian families

Dora Sampaio

In my project at MPI-MMG, I look at the (Im)mobilities of transnational ageing care and family re-negotiations across borders with a focus on ageing Brazilian parents and their migrant offspring in North America and Europe. I concentrate on embodied and emplaced experiences of ageing and care constructed over distance. I will interview and follow the lives of Brazilian migrants in London, UK and Boston, US in connection to their ageing parents in Brazil. I will trace and visually document family negotiations, solidarities and tensions in contexts in which physical mobility across borders or family reunion is not always possible.

I seek to shed light on three sets of questions with wider disciplinary relevance: first, geographies and (im)mobilities of ageing care: how is transnational ageing care enacted and experienced in contexts of (im)mobility and (un)documented lived? What is the potential for new technologies to generate a presence in contexts of absence? Second, intersectionalities and inequalities of ageing: what new family and gender roles can be engendered in contexts of migration? What new intergenerational relationships can be contrived? What new care-related migration flows may emerge in response to children’s emigration? How do gendered, classed, and racialised bodies and identities play into this? Third, temporalities of ageing and migration: to what extent are the temporalities of ageing and the temporalities of migration mutually inducing?

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