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Across the oceans: Childcare and grandparenting in UK Chinese and Bangladeshi households

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mabel LieORCiD


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This paper focuses on the trans-national aspects of childcare, particularly highlighting the importance of migration history and the relevance of social networks in understanding how childcare needs are being met in different minority ethnic communities. Fifteen households from the Chinese and Bangladeshi communities were involved in the research, and interviews conducted with grandparents, parents and children. The role of grandparents in these communities is used to illustrate the importance of intergenerational and transnational relationships, and commonalities and differences between the two communities are highlighted. The paper hopes to offer an alternative way of understanding minority ethnic communities’ needs. The approach it employs may also be applied to other minority ethnic groups in Europe and beyond. At a time when UK border controls are being tightened, it adds to the growing body of literature on diasporas, migration and transnationalism but with a particular focus on childcare as a policy area.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lie MLS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Year: 2010

Volume: 36

Issue: 9

Pages: 1425-1443

Print publication date: 19/07/2010

ISSN (print): 1369-183X

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9451

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2010.491746


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