Dr. Majella Kilkey Publishes New Book: Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility

By September 2, 2016Blog

Migration Research @ Sheffield’s Co-Director Dr. Majella Kilkey (Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield) just published a new book, Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility (2016). Co-edited with Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck, this insightful book looks at how in an age of migration and mobility, many aspects of contemporary family life – from biological reproduction to marriage, from child-rearing to care of the elderly – take place against a backdrop of intensified movement across a range of spatial scales from the global to the local. Its chapters analyze the opportunities and challenges this poses for families and for academic, empirical and policy understandings of ‘the family’ on a global level, including case studies from Europe, India, the Philippines, South Korea, the United States and Australia. With chapters on international reproductive tourism, transnational parenting, ‘mail-order brides’ and ‘sunset migration’, it examines the implications of migration and mobility for families at different stages of the life course. Moreover, it brings together leading international scholars to connect a fragmented field of research, and in so doing enables an interdisciplinary exchange, generating new insights for theory, policy and empirical analysis.