It Is Not a Choice, It Is a Must: Family and Gender Implications of Elder Care on Migration from Slovakia to Austria.

This paper focuses on domestic elderly care workers from Slovakia working in Austria. The key emphasis is on considering the impact of migration on the family in the country of origin, on the aggregate effects of the ‘life in motion’ of women and their absence in the household. In addition, it emphasises transnational household and transnational family as a mode to maintain social, economic and emotional ties between migrant and household in the country of origin. The study explores this 24-hour, live-in job from the perspective of gender and transnationalism.

Martina Sekulová

Research Fellow, Institute for Public Affairs, Bratislava, Institute of Ethnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Culture Anthropolgy, Department of Ethnology and Culture Anthropology Comenius University Bratislava

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