Facebook and WhatsApp as Elements in Transnational Care Chains for the Trinidadian Diaspora
AbstractDespite being separated by great geographical distances, the Trinidadian Diaspora community has managed to stay in regular communication with those back “home” using the latest available technologies. Trinidadian migrants living abroad have established multi-directional care chains with family, kin, and friends that have endured for decades. This social connection has evolved from letter writing, telegrams, telephones, emails, and most recently, internet-based social media which includes: Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Facetime, Snapchat, Twitter, and Google Hangout. This paper examines how social media, focusing on Facebook and WhatsApp, are tools being used by the Trinidadian Diaspora to provide transnational care-giving to family and friends kin left behind in the “home” country and beyond. The analysis is based on the results of two online Qualtrics surveys, one implemented in 2012 (n = 150) and another in 2015 (n = 100) of Trinidadian Diaspora participants and in-depth interviews with (n = 10) Canadian-Trinidadians. This paper explores how social media have become a virtual transnational bridge that connects the Trinidadian Diaspora across long distances and provides family members with a feeling of psychological well-being. View Full-Text
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Plaza, D.; Plaza, L. Facebook and WhatsApp as Elements in Transnational Care Chains for the Trinidadian Diaspora. Genealogy 2019, 3, 15.
Plaza D, Plaza L. Facebook and WhatsApp as Elements in Transnational Care Chains for the Trinidadian Diaspora. Genealogy. 2019; 3(2):15.Chicago/Turabian Style
Plaza, Dwaine; Plaza, Lauren. 2019. "Facebook and WhatsApp as Elements in Transnational Care Chains for the Trinidadian Diaspora." Genealogy 3, no. 2: 15.
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