Through fascinating vignettes and case studies, this unique text illustrates how Yucatecan migrants actively maintain social ties across borders. It also paints a vivid picture of the people and their lives. It places them in the context of current U.S. immigration policy and mesmerizes students by bringing them up to speed on one of the most crucial issues facing the U.S. today.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the Series
Studying the Yucatecans in Dallas
Kaal as Context
Yucatan in the Context of United States-Mexico Migration
Living in Kaal
The Meaning of “Mayanness”
Yucatecans in the “Big D”
Racial and Ethnic Relations in Dallas
The Yucatecans in Dallas
Crossing the Line: Migrants and the U.S.-Mexico Border
U.S. Migration Law, Border Crossing, and Transnational Migration
The Border Crossing Process
Effects of Border Crossing
Border Crossing: “Weapon of the Weak”
Migrant Agendas and Transnationalism
Yucatecan Migrant Agendas
Migrant Agendas: Two Examples
Circumventing the Nation-State
Dallas-Yucatan Transnational Migration
Goods and Information
Women and Men Migrants
Women and Men from Kaal: Gendered Social Spheres
Case Studies of Migrant Couples
Discussion of the Cases
Conclusion: Yucatecan Men and Women in Dallas
Yucatecan Migrants and Social Change
Final Thoughts: Will Transnationalism Last?
Rachel H. Adler is Professor of Sociology at the College of New Jersey. Her research interests include Urban Anthropology, including Latino Immigration to the US, and Medical Anthropology, particularly Nursing Practice.
Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her main area of interest is immigration, particularly comparing immigration today with earlier periods in the United States, the immigrant experience in various American gateway cities, and immigrants in the United States and Europe. She is the author or editor of eighteen books.