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Dwaine Plaza & Amy Below

Social Media as a Tool for Transnational Caregiving within the Caribbean Diaspora


Despite being separated by great geographical distances, the transnational
Caribbean community has managed to stay in regular communication
with those in the “home” country using the latest available technologies.
The preliminary findings of this exploratory study suggest that new media
(Facebook, Skype, and YouTube) facilitate multi-directional caring and a
“new” form of caring for family, kin and friends. The research also
connects social media and caring for individuals as they are aging in the

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