Justice and the Family in a Transnational Perspective

Brunella Casalini
University of Florence, Italy

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Ingår i: Proceedings from The 49th Societas Ethica Annual Conference 2012; Theme: Ethics and Migration; August 23-26; 2012; Lucian Blaga University Sibiu; Romania

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 97:6, s. 57-70

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Publicerad: 2014-04-24

ISBN: 978-91-7519-297-0

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Contemporary theories of justice have only recently begun to take notice of international and global contexts and their implications. From a global perspective; it has also become necessary to revisit the old issue of family and justice – addressing; first and foremost; the current reality of “transnational” families. Such families challenge traditional models in order to meet their own; new subsistence needs.

Today; millions of women travel and migrate alone to find jobs in the ever-expanding market of the personal services and care sector. Family members may thus grow up and live in two or more different countries; fragmented; so to speak; and separated from one another most of the time. For these female migrant workers; new and old issues arise; as they endeavour to strike a balance between old family ties and the obligations imposed by new forms of employment.

Some of these issues are: gender equality; the tension between equality of opportunity; work; and family ties; the new character of old class; gender and ethnic inequalities; and so on. As the line between “rich” and “poor” countries is being re-drawn; both care labour commodification and its ethnic; gender and class distribution change accordingly; assuming new and unexpected forms; which we will try to analyse.


Family and justice; Female migration; Globalization; Family reunion; Care labour


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