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1st Edition

Transnational Migration and Home in Older Age

Edited By

Katie Walsh


Lena Näre

ISBN 9781138887862
Published March 24, 2016 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the transformations in home lives arising in later life and resulting from global migrations. It provides insight into the ways in which contemporary demographic processes of aging and migration shape the meaning, experience and making of home for those in older age. Chapters explore how home is negotiated in relation to possibilities for return to the "homeland," family networks, aging and health, care cultures and belonging. The book deliberately crosses emerging sub-fields in transnationalism studies by offering case studies on aging labour migrants, retirement migrants, and return migrants, as well as older people affected by the movement of others including family members and migrant care workers. The diversity of people’s experiences of home in later life is fully explored and the impact of social class, gender, and nationality, as well as the corporeal dimensions of older age, are all in evidence.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Transnational Migration and Home in Older Age  Katie Walsh and Lena Näre  Part 1: Intergenerational Transnational Homes  2. Transnational Grandmothers Making Their Multi-Sited Homes Between Finland and Russia  Tatiana Tiaynen-Qadir  3. "Home to Go": Albanian Older Parents in Transnational Social Fields  Julie Vullnetari  4. Home as Family: Narratives of Home Among Ageing Gujaratis in the UK  Lena Näre  Part 2: Home-Strategies of Ageing and Mobility  5. Constructions of "Home" Among First Generation Migrants Living in Belgium and England  Tine Buffel and Christopher Phillipson  6. Emotional or Instrumental?: Narratives of home Among North and West African Seniors in France  Alistair Hunter  7. Transnational Mobility and "Insideness": Visual Methods and the Study of Home(s) in Retirement Migrants’ Daily Lives  Stefan Kordel  8. Diminished Transnationalism?: Growing Older and Practicing Home in Thailand  Kate Botterill  Part 3: Returning "Home" in Older Age  9. Deferring the Inevitable Return "Home": Contingency and Temporality in the Transnational Home-Making Practices of Older Kenyan Women Migrants in London  Leslie Fesenmyer  10. Changing Notions of Home Across the Lifecycle: How Ageing Taiwanese Return Migrants Rethink Their Relationship to the Homeland  Ken Chih-Yan Sun  11. Expatriate Belongings: Traces of Lives "Abroad" in the Home-Making of English Returnees in Later Life  Katie Walsh  Part 4: Ageing in Transnational Space  12. Creating, Maintaining and Losing Home in Ireland: Productions of Ageing and Migration  Kieran Walsh  13. "I Am Now a Nobody": Transformations of Home and Sense of Belonging in the Life Narrative of a Retired Migrant Worker in Nuremberg  Lars Meier  14. A

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Katie Walsh is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sussex, UK.

Lena Näre is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki, Finland.


"...this volume offers insights into an impressive and inspiring variety of social and cultural configurations. It closes a major research gap and should be a must-read for anybody dealing with gerontology, sociology and anthropology of the life course, ageing and the increasing transnationalization of home."Heike Drotbohm, Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz, Germany