Transnational Family Communication

Immigrants and ICTs

  • Sondra Cuban

About this book


This book explores the struggles that immigrant women experience when communicating with their transnational families through information and communication technologies (ICTs). Sondra Cuban recounts the fascinating stories of sixty female immigrants living in Washington State, and explores how gender, social class, nationality, and language influence their ICT usage. She addresses the emotional labor involved in interacting with the families they left behind as well as their ingenious communication systems which challenge the existing research surrounding this unique phenomenon. Early chapters of this book detail the current arguments and theories of transnational family communication in order to propose a new model thereof. Throughout, larger questions of global equality are addressed.


Transnational Communication Regional Studies Emotional Labor Washington State Immigration SES ICT immigrant women transnational families information and communication technologies ingenious communication communication systems transnational family communication Family Communication Equitable Communication Divergent Communication Care Talk

Authors and affiliations

  • Sondra Cuban
    • 1
  1. 1.Health and Community StudiesWestern Washington UniversityBellinghamUSA

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