Ruth M. Hernández-Ríos
Research on transnational motherhood shows that mothers employ various mechanisms to maintain relationships with their children. Most of this literature focuses on migrant women who are employed in the service sector as care workers. While this research widened our understanding of motherhood in the context of migration, it has neglected the experiences of transnational mothers in sending communities. The research presented here draws on interviews with twenty-six transnational mothers in Tlaxcala, Mexico, whose adult children migrated to New York City and Connecticut. By focusing on this cohort of mothers, this research locates the experiences of transnational mothers in sending communities rather than receiving ones, which have been the focus of most of the literature. It also highlights activism, in contrast to remittances and communication, as a mechanism for enacting transnational motherhood, and shows that women’s participation in social justice theater is an important vehicle for transnational motherhood.