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- DescriptionLynn Stephen's invative ethgraphy follows indigeus Mexicans from two towns in the state of Oaxaca-the Mixtec community of San Agustin Atenango and the Zapotec community of Teotitlan del Valle-who periodically leave their homes in Mexico for extended periods of work in California and Oregon. Demonstrating that the line separating Mexico and the United States is only one among the many borders that these migrants repeatedly cross (including national, regional, cultural, ethnic, and class borders and divisions), Stephen advocates an ethgraphic framework focused on transborder, rather than transnational, lives. Yet she does t disregard the state: She assesses the impact migration has had on local systems of government in both Mexico and the United States as well as the abilities of states to police and affect transborder communities. Stephen weaves the personal histories and narratives of indigeus transborder migrants together with explorations of the larger structures that affect their lives. Taking into account U.S. immigration policies and the demands of both commercial agriculture and the service sectors, she chronicles how migrants experience and remember low-wage work in agriculture, landscaping, and childcare and how gender relations in Oaxaca and the United States are reconfigured by migration. She looks at the ways that racial and ethnic hierarchies inherited from the colonial era-hierarchies that debase Mexico's indigeus groups-are reproduced within heterogeneous Mexican populations in the United States. Stephen provides case studies of four grass-roots organizations in which Mixtec migrants are involved, and she considers specific uses of digital techlogy by transborder communities. Ultimately Stephen demonstrates that transborder migrants are reshaping tions of territory and politics by developing creative models of governance, education, and ecomic development as well as ways of maintaining their cultures and languages across geographic distances.
- Author BiographyLynn Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Zapotec Women: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Globalized Oaxaca, also published by Duke University Press; Zapata Lives! Histories and Cultural Politics in Southern Mexico; and Women and Social Movements in Latin America: Power from Below.
- Author(s)Lynn M. Stephen
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication13/06/2007
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note24 illustrations, 12 maps
- Weight558 g
- Width156 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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