When Guatemalan Mothers and Fathers Migrate North: Caretakers, Children and Childrearing in Guatemala
Author(s): M. Moran-Taylor
A substantial portion of Guatemala's population-about 10-15 percent of a population of 12 million-emigrates to the United States. Although this northward movement has produced significant social change, few studies have examined it from the perspective of the increasing involvement of household structures in transnational migration processes. Ethnographic research focused on transnational families reveals the social relationships that develop between caregivers and children and between parents and caregivers because of the necessity for transnational migration and identifies the emotional costs of these arrangements.