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Migrant families: Performing belonging and participation across private/public boundaries working

Migrant families: Performing belonging and participation across private/public boundaries working

Reynolds, Tracey (2017) Migrant families: Performing belonging and participation across private/public boundaries working. Families, Relationships and Societies. ISSN 2046-7435 (Print), 2046-7443 (Online) (Submitted)

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Abstract

This paper explores how migrant mothering ‘kinwork’ challenges private/ public boundaries, giving rise to new conceptions and practices of citizenship. We highlight the potential of participatory theatre methods - specifically forum theatre – for understanding the relationship between mothering, ethnic belonging and citizenship. We also assess the significance of migrant women’s kinship practices within their families and communities for re-framing notions of citizenship (anonymised for review). Our analysis gives particular focus to two scenes developed as part of the participatory theatre project, which took place with a group of ethnically and racially diverse mothers in East London. The first scene entitled ‘Where is my food?’ draws attention to the mothers’ kinwork and reproductive labour operating at the boundaries of the public/ private dichotomy and also highlights gendered household dynamics. The second scene, entitled ‘At the Community Centre’ examines everyday encounters at the community centre, and how ‘cultural work’ as an aspect of the mothers’ kinwork informs inter-generational relations. The paper argues for a more embodied understanding of citizenship in order to broaden understanding of migrant mothers’ kinwork in making new citizens.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kinwork; Families; Migration; Citizenship; Mothering
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
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Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 15:24
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16384

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