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Alexia Bloch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713149

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713149.001.0001

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“Other Mothers,” Grandmothers, and the State

“Other Mothers,” Grandmothers, and the State

(p.163) 6 “Other Mothers,” Grandmothers, and the State
Sex, Love, and Migration

Alexia Bloch

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines nurturing practices in southern Moldova to reflect on how these enable the transnational mobility made necessary by an ineffective state. The chapter shows how historical experience of both local and socialist state structures of caregiving, as well as a virtual communication era, are part of a distinctive transnational nurturing nexus, where children are provided for by remittances from women labor migrants (other mothers), as well as by state-run daycares, grandmothers, and sometimes friends. Five women’s accounts of their experiences of nurturing as transnational labor migrants form the crux of this chapter as it engages with feminist questions about nurturing and othermothers, including how these are linked to women’s prospects for supporting households and pursuing their own aspirations.

Keywords:   Moldova, mobility, socialism, nurturing, othermothers, women, children, caregiving, grandmothers, remittances, virtual communication

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