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Grandparenting Practices around the World$
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Virpi Timonen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340645

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.001.0001

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Transnational grandmother–grandchild relationships in the context of migration from Lithuania to Ireland

Transnational grandmother–grandchild relationships in the context of migration from Lithuania to Ireland

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(p.131) Seven Transnational grandmother–grandchild relationships in the context of migration from Lithuania to Ireland
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Grandparenting Practices around the World
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Dovile Vildaite

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.003.0007

This chapter examines the impact of transnational family migration on the relationships between Lithuanian migrant adolescents living in Ireland and their non-migrant grandmothers residing in Lithuania. Drawing on cross-generational perspectives obtained through multi-sited, in-depth interviews, this chapter focuses on three major themes, namely: 1) the changing nature of grandmother-grandchild relationship as perceived by both parties involved; 2) practices endorsed in maintaining intergenerational ties transnationally; and 3) the key factors contributing to the grandmother-grandchild relationship in transnationally dispersed families. Findings discussed in this chapter contribute to the study of intergenerational relationships by providing a more nuanced understanding of how significant physical distance and long-time separation affect relationships, contact practices, and perceived emotional ties between grandparents and grandchildren.

Keywords:   Transnational family migration, Geographical distance, Intergenerational relationships, Intergenerational communication, Grandparents, Adolescent grandchildren, Relational closeness

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