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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


Beyond the Borderlands Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico by Debra Lattanzi Shutika

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.


Rich and thought provoking. -- Heather A. Smith Population, Space And Place

About the Author

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

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Book Info

Publication date

12th July 2011


Debra Lattanzi Shutika

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University of California Press


312 pages


Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
Migration, immigration & emigration



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