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Beyond the Borderlands Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico

by Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Beyond the Borderlands Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico Synopsis

Over the last three decades, migration from Mexico to the United States has moved beyond the borderlands to diverse communities across the country, with the most striking transformations in American suburbs and small towns. This study explores the challenges encountered by Mexican families as they endeavor to find their place in the U.S. by focusing on Kennett Square, a small farming village in Pennsylvania known as the 'Mushroom Capital of the World'. In a highly readable account based on extensive fieldwork among Mexican migrants and their American neighbors, Debra Lattanzi Shutika explores the issues of belonging and displacement that are central concerns for residents in communities that have become new destinations for Mexican settlement. Beyond the Borderlands also completes the circle of migration by following migrant families as they return to their hometown in Mexico, providing an illuminating perspective of the tenuous lives of Mexicans residing in, but not fully part of, two worlds.

Beyond the Borderlands Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico Press Reviews

Rich and thought provoking. -- Heather A. Smith Population, Space And Place Readers interested in stereotypes and worldview will find much of value to them in this book, which I recommend highly. -- Fredericka Schmadel Folklore Forum Much-needed insight into the lived realities of immigrant incorporation in new destinations. -- Jamie Winders Social Forces

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520269583
Publication date: 26th July 2011
Author: Debra Lattanzi Shutika
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 312 pages
Categories: Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Migration, immigration & emigration,

About Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Debra Lattanzi Shutika is a folklorist and Associate Professor of English at George Mason University.

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