By Debra Lattanzi Shutika
Because the Nineteen Nineties, migration from Mexico to the us has moved past the borderlands to various groups around the nation, with the main notable variations in American suburbs and small cities. This research explores the demanding situations encountered through Mexican households as they pastime to discover their position within the U.S. via targeting Kennett sq., a small farming village in Pennsylvania often called the "Mushroom Capital of the World." In a hugely readable account according to vast fieldwork between Mexican migrants and their American friends, Debra Lattanzi Shutika explores the problems of belonging and displacement which are significant matters for citizens in groups that experience turn into new locations for Mexican payment. past the Borderlands additionally completes the circle of migration by way of following migrant households as they go back to their fatherland in Mexico, offering an illuminating viewpoint of the tenuous lives of Mexicans living in, yet now not totally a part of, worlds.
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Joe was back in Mexico temporarily. He had fractured his skull in a serious automobile accident in the United States six months before and had nearly died. When he was released from the hospital, his father sent him back to his mother in Textitlán to recuperate. He was happy to meet us, he said, simply because he loved the United States and wanted to speak English. “I love the United States, you know,” he said animatedly. ” Stepping back and surveying him more carefully, I could see that Joe bore the marks of a young Textitlaneco who had lived in the United States.
The sense of place had become unpredictable as English-speaking and Mexican residents sought new ways to interpret their community. As Mexicans settled in greater numbers, it seemed that the community was changing dramatically; it was also apparent that neither group could rely on old assumptions regarding how to interact with its neighbors. One might assume that the effort involved with developing a sense of belonging after a move would ensure that it could rarely be produced 18 Introduction in more than one place.
Chapter outline Beyond the Borderlands’s ethnographic present spanned the years from 1995 to 2005, the main period of my fieldwork and the height of conflict over Mexican settlement and the debate about migration in public life in Kennett Square. This time frame also coincided with the bicentennial of the founding of Textitlán, which ushered in a three-year period of celebrations Introduction 29 and homecomings as well as debate about the pueblo’s identity as a migrant community. Because it would be difficult to understand the everyday challenges of Mexicans living in the United States without a clear understanding of their homeland, I begin the book by describing essentially the midpoint of my fieldwork.