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Assistant Professor
Dept of Humanities

IIT Madras

Chennai, TN  

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Transnational Migration and Changing Family Structure:
Changing Care Arrangements and Socio-Cultural, Economic and Health Dimensions on the Left Behind in Kerala, india

Transnational migration plays an important role in the creation of global connections and development of economy of the sending countries. However, international migration of adult children has created changes and disruptions in the family structures and concerns regarding care especially on the left behind elderly and children in the developing regions. This research aims to explore the case of transnational migration and its impact on the left behind elderly and children in the state of Kerala in India. Kerala makes an excellent geography to study the impact of transnational migration as it has witnessed high rate of emigration to the Persian Gulf countries since 1970s and recently to the newer destinations of Australia, Canada, USA, UK, Europe and Singapore. The state of Kerala has topped in the proportion of population above the age of 60 in India. Hence the impact of international migration on the elderly in Kerala has been a matter of concern. While there are not many cases of abandonment and neglect of the left behind in Kerala, the rapid and large-scale migration of the adult child of the nuclear families recently has created an impact on the traditional system of intergenerational support and separation of parents, spouses and non-migrant children. This research is a qualitative research to explore the impact of adult child transnational migration on the family structure in the developing regions. More pointedly this research investigates the case of adult child migration and its socio-economic and health effects on the left behind elderly and children in Kerala since 1970s
(2017) Santhosh Abraham, ‘The Keyi Mappila Muslim Merchants of Tellicherry and the Making of Coastal Cosmopolitanism on the Malabar Coast’, Asian Review of World Histories (Brill, Leiden), Vol. 5, Issue 2, 2017, pp. 145-162.

(2014) Santhosh Abraham, ‘Constructing the ‘Extraordinary Criminals”: Mappila Muslims and Legal Encounters in Early British Colonial Malabar’, Journal of World History, Volume 25, Issue 2-3, 2014, (University of Hawai’i Press), pp. 373 – 395.

(2013) Santhosh Abraham, ‘Formal Writing, Questionnaires and Petitions: Colonial Governance and Law in Early British Malabar’, Indian Historical Review, Vol.40, No.2, December 2013, (Sage International) pp. 285 – 305.

(2011) Santhosh Abraham, ‘Colonial Law in Early British Malabar: Transparent Colonial State and Formality of Practices’, South Asia Research, Vol.31, No.3, November, 2011, (Sage International), pp.249-264.