Virtualizing Intimacy: Information Communication Technologies and Transnational Families in Therapy.
By Gonzalo Bacigalupe & Susan Lambe.
Family Proccess, Vol. 50, N°1, 2011.
Information communication technologies (ICTs) are
a ubiquitous feature of immigrant family life affordable, widely accessible, and
highly adaptable ICT s have transformed the immigrant experience into a transnational
process with family networks redesigned but not lost. Being a transnational family
is not a new phenomenon. Transnationalism, however, has historically been reserved
for the wealthier professional and political immigrant class who were able to freely
travel and use expensive forms of communication before the emergence of accessible
technologies. This paper systematically reviews the research literature to investigate
the potential impact of ICTs on the lives of transnational families and how these
families utilize them. The wide penetration of ICTs also puts into question some
of the ways in which scholars have conceptualized the immigrant experience. The
appropriate use of technology in family therapy should strengthen culturally competent
and equity-based approaches to address the needs of these families. A family therapy
with a transnational family illuminates some of the potential that these technologies
introduce in the practice of relational clinicians.
Virtualizing Intimacy: ICTs and Transnational Families in Therapy.