The missing group? Situating transnational contacts in defamilisation research

Sam Wai Kam Yu*, Liam Foster, Ruby Chui Man Chau

*Corresponding author for this work

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Defamilisation research is increasingly seen as an important component of studies of welfare and social work. It is concerned with people’s vulnerability to defamilisation risks, which are caused by insufficient opportunities for people to choose whether and how they participate in the family. Despite an increasing emphasis on defamilisation research, there has been insufficient attention given to how studies of transnational contacts contribute to defamilisation research. This article argues for the need to expand the scope of defamilisation research to incorporate the concept of ‘transnational contact-led strategies’ using evidence from focus groups with Chinese older people in the United Kingdom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-954
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number5
Early online date31 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Care
  • Chinese immigrants
  • decommodification
  • government
  • overseas families
  • UK


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