Diversified Transnational Mothering via Telecommunication: Intensive, Collaborative, and Passive

Yinni Peng*, Odalia M H Wong

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recent research argues that the use of information and communication technology (ICT) has created a new channel through which transnational mothers can fulfill their maternal duties from afar. However, the literature pays little attention to the diversity of mothering practices via telecommunication. To fill this gap, our qualitative research on Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong elaborates on the complexity and diversity of transnational mothering via mobile communication by demonstrating three patterns for the performance of maternal duties: intensive, collaborative, and passive mothering. We argue that transnational mothering via telecommunication is shaped by the intersection of mothers' agency, children's responses, and substitute caregivers' role in child care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-513
Number of pages23
JournalGender and Society
Issue number4
Early online date1 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Filipina domestic workers
  • information and communication technology (ICT)
  • telecommunication
  • transnational mothering


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