This study has investigated the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of transnational families and in particular on the ability of migrants to maintain primary long distance relationships in conditions of prolonged separation. This has been a three-year long comparative research focusing on Filipino and Caribbean transnational families and the ways in which developments in mobile phone and internet-based communication facilitate or inhibit relationships such as those between parents and left-behind children or within couples. Our methodology has been qualitative, combining participant observation, interviews and online ethnography among family members both in the UK and the sending countries. In total, we have interviewed 176 individuals (several of whom more than once), mainly migrants in London and Cambridge, but also their family members in the Philippines and Trinidad. Some of our findings include: for migrant mothers with left-behind children developments in ICTs represent a transformation of mothering at a distance. Three factors are involved in determining the relative success of this: the child’s age during the mother’s emigration; the quality of the pre-existing relationship; and the media available for communication. Inequalities in access and digital literacy impact on the type of distant relationships people can expect to enjoy. Although we cannot conclude that ICTs solve problems relating to separation the constant presence that they afford creates some expectation of transnational family life. One of the most profound consequences of ICTs is that they transform the whole experience of migration partly thereby impacting on key decisions such as whether to migrate and whether to return.



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Polymedia : towards a new theory of digital media in interpersonal communication

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 01 January 2013 Journal article

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Migration and the accentuated ambivalence of motherhood : the role of ICTs in transnational Filipino families

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 01 July 2012 Journal article

Migration, transnational families and new media

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 25 June 2012 Seminar/workshop

Polymedia : towards a new theory of digital media in interpersonal communication

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 24 May 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Mediating migration

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 30 March 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Mediating migration : polymedia and transnational family communication

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 17 March 2012 Presentation/lecture

Mediating migration : polymedia and transnational family communication

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 17 March 2012 Seminar/workshop

Should you accept a friends request from your mother? : and other Filipino dilemmas

Co-author: Daniel Miller Date: 25 February 2012 Journal article

Long distance mothering through new media

Interviewee: Mirca Madianou Date: 21 February 2012 Other publication/report

Smartphones as polymedia : implications for migration, mobility and transnational communication

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 13 February 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Research on transnational families

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Presentation/lecture

Migration and new media

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Presentation/lecture

Migration and new media

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 08 February 2012 Presentation/lecture

Facebook, media and migration

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Presentation/lecture

Facebook, media and migration

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Presentation/lecture

Facebook, media and migration

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Presentation/lecture

Facebook, media and migration

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Presentation/lecture

Mothers, material culture and migration

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Seminar/workshop

Facebook, media and migration

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 08 February 2012 Dissemination / Communication

Migration and new media

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Presentation/lecture

Facebook, media and migration

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Presentation/lecture

Facebook, media and migration

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Presentation/lecture

Migration and new media

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Dissemination / Communication

Migration and new media

Author: Daniel Miller Date: 08 February 2012 Dissemination / Communication

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Mobile phone parenting : reconfiguring relationships between Filipina migrant mothers and their left-behind children

Author: Mirca Madianou Date: 01 January 2012 Journal article

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Start date
31 May 2007
End date
31 January 2011
Grant holder
Dr Mirca Madianou
Co-applicants
Professor Daniel Miller
Grant amount
£80,762.68
Grant reference
RES-000-22-2266
Discipline
Sociology
Grant type