Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the by Debra Lattanzi Shutika

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.

Show description

Read Online or Download Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico PDF

Best minority studies books

Laughter Out of Place: Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown (Public Anthropology, 9)

Donna M. Goldstein demanding situations a lot of what we predict we all know concerning the "culture of poverty. " Drawing on greater than a decade of expertise in Brazil, Goldstein presents an intimate portrait of lifestyle one of the girls of the favelas, or city shantytowns. those ladies have created absurdist and black-humor storytelling practices within the face of trauma and tragedy.

Radicals Against Race: Black Activism and Cultural Politics

This e-book interrogates the tips and practices of the recent Beacon Circle's activists as particularly reliable parts within the fast-changing scene of up to date radical politics. Highlighting how biography and self illustration have vital cultural, theoretical and political implications, Alleyne succeeds in making an unique contribution to a becoming literature on autobiography as a wealthy source for figuring out social and political idea.

Abandoned in the Heartland. Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis

City poverty, in addition to all of its poignant manifestations, is relocating from urban facilities to working-class and commercial suburbs in modern the US. Nowhere is that this extra obtrusive than in East St. Louis, Illinois. as soon as a thriving production and transportation heart, East St. Louis is referred to now for its unemployment, crime, and collapsing infrastructure.

Rethinking Chicana/o and Latina/o Popular Culture

Via a gender, ethnicity, and sexuality lens, Pérez demonstrates that queer Chicana/o and Latina/o identities are even more wide-spread in cultural creation than most folks imagine. by way of claiming numerous characters and texts as queer, he expands the breadth of queer illustration in cultural construction.

Additional info for Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico

Example text

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.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.17 of 5 – based on 27 votes