The Migration and Well-Being of the Zero Generation : Transgenerational Care, Grandparenting, and Loneliness amongst Albanian Older People

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The Migration and Well-Being of the Zero Generation : Transgenerational Care, Grandparenting, and Loneliness amongst Albanian Older People
Author King, Russell ; Cela, Eralba ; Fokkema, Tineke ; Vullnetari, Julie
Date 2014
English abstract
This paper focuses on the so-called zero generation': the parents of first-generation migrants who are initially left behind in the migrant country of origin and who may subsequently follow their children in migration or engage in transnational back-and-forth mobility. We challenge the prevailing optic on the left-behind older generation that sees them as dependent and in need of care, and stress instead their active participation both in migration and in the administration of care and support to their children and grandchildren. Drawing on interviews with mainly zero-generation Albanians, and also some first-generation migrants, in various geographical contexts - Albania, Italy, Greece, and the UK - we trace their evolving patterns of mobility, intergenerational care, well-being, and loneliness both in Albania and abroad. In telling the often-overlooked story of the zero generation, we highlight both their vulnerability and agency in different circumstances and at different times, shaped by family composition and the ageing process. Copyright (c) 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.1895 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Population, Space and Place;8
Volume 20
ISSN 1544-8444
Language eng (iso)
Subject zero generation
transnational migration
intergenerational care
well-being
loneliness
Albania
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/27486 Permalink to this page
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