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Intimacies of Power in the Circulation of Care: Making Gender Across Generations. Transnational Andean Families in Quito and Madrid

  • Grégory Dallemagne
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Abstract

Can the circulation of care influence how women exert agency in the transformation of gender norms across generations? Based on ethnographic fieldwork and life-story interviews, this chapter sheds light on intimate power relationships within an extended family originally from a village north of Quito, with members living in Madrid. The study focuses on the effect of intergenerational and sibling dynamics on the organization of social relations within transnational families, specifically on intergenerational cooperation, power relations and their influence on managing care and the intimate at a distance.

The analysis centres on the use of ethnic boundaries in power relationships and how ethnicity is instrumentalized to negotiate gender norms, influencing the circulation of care in transnational families.

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Acknowledgement

I would like to thank the people of Jatun Pamba, without whom my research would not have been possible, for sharing their experiences with me and accepting me as a (somehow peculiar) member of their families. I also want to thank the people who have read previous versions of this chapter, Maya Paltineau, Sarah Smit, Rupert Small, Maggie Schmitt, and the editors of this book for their numerous comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grégory Dallemagne
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    • 2
  1. 1.Independent ResearcherBruxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Universidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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