Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


20 February 2019

Yumei Gan – Video calls between migrant parents and their left-behind children in China

Presented By DARG
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • B1.14 Brockington Building

About this event

My data are drawn from habitual video calls between Chinese migrant workers (who have moved to the cities) and their ‘left-behind’ children (who are left behind to live with their grandparents in rural areas). Data consists of both a screen capture of their mobile phone and a traditional camera recording of the interaction in front of the mobile phone. Since the children in our study are very young (less than 3 years), the video calls involved at least three participants, the children are often accompanied by one co-present caregiver (typically a grandparent). The piece of data that I am presenting today is about third-party facilitation, where migrant parents initiate some remote instructions to children in video calls, grandparents step in to help with the mediated parent-child interaction.

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