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Free Content A mother's work is never done: migrant mothers' struggles and sacrifices in a Swedish context

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Migrant mothers' kin work is an important and growing research field. This article takes migrant women's experiences of bringing up their children as a departure point to describe the strategies utilised by mothers to care for their children. With findings drawn from eight interviews with migrant mothers in Sweden whose children are now teenagers, the analysis focuses on the mothers' supporting strategies in caring for their children in present and future lives. Identified supporting measures involving kin work included being attentive to their children's schooling, taking care of their families and giving their children time and intimacy. An additional theme concerning mothers' own 'life projects' and the 'sacrifice' of their own education and opportunities is discussed.
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Keywords: CHILDREN; FUTURE; MIGRANT; MOTHERS; SWEDEN

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: November, 2018

This article was made available online on November 22, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "A mother’s work is never done: migrant mothers’ struggles and sacrifices in a Swedish context".

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