Adapting Spousal Relations and Transnational Family Structures: Responses to Mexican-Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Migration

  • Aaraón Díaz Mendiburo Postdoctoral fellow, International Migration Research Centre, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Janet McLaughlin Associate professor, Health Studies; research associate, International Migration Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Don Wells McMaster University
  • André Lyn United Way of Peel Region
Keywords: Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, strengthening families, Mexico-Canada migration, transnational families, migrant workers

Abstract

By examining the families and supporting social structures of Mexican “temporary” migrant workers in Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), this article explains how these transnational families modify their structures in an evolving context of neoliberal transnational regionalization. The authors discuss how migrants and their family members respond to changes associated with circular seasonal migration in order to both reduce threats of family breakdown and strengthen their families. They also analyze key contradictions associated with these responses, including those in which new behaviors contribute to greater autonomy and significant changes to gender roles, simultaneously creating greater stress for families.

Author Biographies

Don Wells, McMaster University

professor emeritus, School of Labour Studies and Department of Political Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

André Lyn, United Way of Peel Region

Senior manager, Community Investment, United Way of Peel Region, Mississauga, Ontario,
Canada

Published
2018-08-24
How to Cite
Díaz Mendiburo, A., McLaughlin, J., Wells, D., & Lyn, A. (2018). Adapting Spousal Relations and Transnational Family Structures: Responses to Mexican-Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Migration. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 13(2). https://doi.org/10.20999/nam.2018.b002
Section
ESSAYS