Yucatecans in Dallas, Texas: Breaching the Border, Bridging the Distance, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Yucatecans in Dallas, Texas

Breaching the Border, Bridging the Distance, 2nd Edition

By Rachel H. Adler


176 pages

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Paperback: 9780205521029
pub: 2007-07-10
Hardback: 9781138403697
pub: 2017-06-29

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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?




About the Author/Editor

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural