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‘And They Shall Be One Flesh…’: Gender Convergence of Family Roles in Transnational Families of Ukrainian Migrant Women

  • Alissa Tolstokorova
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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to study the convergence of family functions of women and men in transnational families of Ukrainian migrant women. The key argument of the chapter is that the work abroad, combined with сare responsibilities conducted at great geographical distances, affects gender roles of both migrant women and their husbands left behind, entailing their convergence in transnational families. Yet, these changes affect more transnational mothers who assume the roles of breadwinners and family providers, thus expanding their family obligations and exposing them to multiple exploitations. Meanwhile, changes in the gender roles of Ukrainian fathers are only temporary, and do not entail tangible transformations in the institution of fatherhood in Ukraine.

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  • Alissa Tolstokorova
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  1. 1.Independent scholarKyivUkraine

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