Working the Boundaries: Race, Space, and Illegality in Mexican Chicago by Nicholas De Genova (Paperback, 2005)
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- DescriptionWhile Chicago has the second-largest Mexican population among U.S. cities, relatively little ethgraphic attention has focused on its Mexican community. This much-needed ethgraphy of Mexicans living and working in Chicago examines processes of racialization, labor subordination, and class formation; the politics of nativism; and the structures of citizenship and immigration law. Nicholas De Geva develops a theory of Mexican Chicago as a transnational social and geographic space that joins Chicago to innumerable communities throughout Mexico. Mexican Chicago is a powerful analytical tool, a challenge to the way that social scientists have thought about immigration and pluralism in the United States, and the basis for a wide-ranging critique of U.S. tions of race, national identity, and citizenship. De Geva worked for two and a half years as a teacher of English in ten industrial workplaces (primarily metal-fabricating factories) throughout Chicago and its suburbs. In Working the Boundaries he draws on fieldwork conducted in these factories, in community centers, and in the homes and neighborhoods of Mexican migrants. He describes how the meaning of Mexican is refigured and racialized in relation to a U.S. social order dominated by a black-white binary. Delving into immigration law, he contends that immigration policies have worked over time to produce Mexicans as the U.S. nation-state's iconic illegal aliens. He explains how the constant threat of deportation is used to keep Mexican workers in line. Working the Boundaries is a major contribution to theories of race and transnationalism and a scathing indictment of U.S. labor and citizenship policies.
- Author BiographyNicholas De Genova is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Latino Studies Program at Columbia University. He is a coauthor of Latino Crossings: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and the Politics of Race and Citizenship.
- Author(s)Nicholas De Genova
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication18/10/2005
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight467 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5677 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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