Across the oceans: Childcare and grandparenting in UK Chinese and Bangladeshi households

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Publication type Article
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
ISSN (print)1369-183X
ISSN (electronic)1469-9451
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This paper focuses on the trans-national aspects of childcare, particularly highlighting the importance of migration history and the relevance of social networks in understanding how childcare needs are being met in different minority ethnic communities. Fifteen households from the Chinese and Bangladeshi communities were involved in the research, and interviews conducted with grandparents, parents and children. The role of grandparents in these communities is used to illustrate the importance of intergenerational and transnational relationships, and commonalities and differences between the two communities are highlighted. The paper hopes to offer an alternative way of understanding minority ethnic communities’ needs. The approach it employs may also be applied to other minority ethnic groups in Europe and beyond. At a time when UK border controls are being tightened, it adds to the growing body of literature on diasporas, migration and transnationalism but with a particular focus on childcare as a policy area.
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