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Women's migration and the crisis of care: grandmothers caring for grandchildren in urban Bolivia

Tanja Bastia
Gender and Development
Vol. 17, No. 3, Ageing (November 2009), pp. 389-401
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Oxfam GB
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27809244
Page Count: 13
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Women's migration and the crisis of care: grandmothers caring for grandchildren in urban Bolivia
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Abstract

Grandparents play a critical role in the reorganisation of care brought about by the increasing migration of women. Yet, they are conspicuously absent from the migration literature. This article looks at the role of grandparents, particularly grandmothers, in caring for migrants' children. It draws on a case study of a rapidly urbanising neighbourhood in Bolivia, and identifies grandmothers as both givers and receivers of care. Through a typology of different types of living arrangements, the article seeks to identify the processes that lead to greater vulnerability.

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