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‘Close, not close’: migrant artists negotiating transnational mother-daughter intimacies

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posted on 2024-06-13, 13:20 authored by M Winarnita, W Dirgantoro, R Wilding
© 2019 The feminisation of migration is contributing to growing awareness of the transformation of familial subjectivities and emotional terrains as a result of transnational movements. The emotional lives and identities of women have often been at the forefront of these investigations. However, the female roles investigated are largely limited to those of mothers and domestic workers. In this paper, we explore how another gendered identity has also been transformed by international migration: that of the daughter. We avoid repeating analyses of the gendered experiences of domestic workers by drawing on an analysis of research conducted with young female artists who are first or second-generation migrants. Reflecting on research interviews and examples of their work exploring mother-daughter relationships, we consider how independently mobile young women navigate the emotional and geographic distances in their intimate relationships with their mothers, both within and beyond their artistic works. We argue that the navigation of ‘close, not close’ relationships with their mothers shapes their gendered subjectivities by informing the social and cultural identities they enact across the distances of generations on the one hand, and of nations, on the other.

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Journal

Emotion, space and society

Volume

31

Pagination

78-85

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1755-4586

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

Elsevier