Love’s Labour’s Lost? Separation as a Constraint on Displays of Transnational Daughterhood

Hanna Kara*, Sirpa Wrede

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article develops sociological knowledge on daughterhood through an analysis of how separation shapes the emotional and moral dynamics of transnational daughterhood. Building on Finch, we look at daughtering as a set of concrete social practices that constitute kinship and carry the symbolic dimension of displaying the family-like character of relationships. Within this framework, we analyse how Latin American women living in Barcelona discuss their transnational family lives and filial responsibilities. We see family as finite, evolving in the past, present and future, and develop a threefold understanding of filial love as an institution imbued with formal expectations, a strong and complex emotion, and reciprocal embodied caring. We consider persisting physical separation in migration as a circumstance that demands not only practical solutions but also ongoing moral labour that sustains transnational bonds and notions of being a ‘good enough’ daughter.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Oct 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • caring imagination
  • family display
  • migration
  • moral labour
  • separation
  • sociological ambivalence
  • time
  • transnational daughtering


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