Intimacy/Publicness beyond Borders

Principal Researcher in Kobe University
(Professor, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University)

Principal Researchers in the Oversea Partner University
Sureeporn PUNPUING
(Associate Professor, Mahidol Migration Center, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University)

Relationships and labor related to providing care have become globalized, and while situations taking shape as “changing mode of reproduction” advance, the distinction between public and private since the advent of modern civil society has weakened. At the same time, the tendency to marginalize care and see new and old immigrants as the “Other” also seems to be intensifying. Based on such historical transformation and conflict resulting from migration, in this activity, we specifically focus on the subject areas of 1) housework, nursing and care labor; sex work; and immigration and emigration related to marriage, and 2) representation of and by the “immigrants.” We will compare the research from Europe, Japan, and other parts of Asia that has been undertaken on each of these subject areas. Subsequently, we will investigate the occurrences in each region, the similarities and differences, and how these similarities and differences will shape future research plans.