Intimate Migrations: Gender, Family, and Illegality among by Deborah A. Boehm

By Deborah A. Boehm

In her learn with transnational Mexicans, Deborah A. Boehm has usually requested participants: if there have been no boundaries for your flow among Mexico and the us, the place may you opt to reside? in general, they wish the liberty to “come and go.” but the limitations combating such circulate are many. a result of usa’ inflexible immigration guidelines, Mexican immigrants frequently locate themselves residing lengthy distances from family and not able to simply pass the U.S.-Mexico border. Transnational Mexicans event what Boehm calls “intimate migrations,” flows that either form and are based by way of gendered and familial activities and interactions, yet are constantly outlined by means of the presence of the U.S. nation.
Intimate Migrations relies on over a decade of ethnographic study, concentrating on Mexican immigrants with ties to a small, rural group within the Mexican kingdom of San Luis Potosí and several other states within the U.S. West. through exhibiting how intimate kin direct migration, and via taking a look at kinfolk and gender relationships during the lens of illegality, Boehm sheds new gentle at the examine of gender and kinship, in addition to understandings of the nation and transnational migration.

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Cohen, Rios, and Byars 2009; Cohen, Rodriguez, and Fox 2008; for the gendered aspects of internal Mexican migration, see Castellanos 2010). The autonomous movement and migration of females is much more regulated than that of males and, in general, actively discouraged. These gendered migrations result in transnational households in which men are concentrated in the United States, and women and children are in communities in Mexico. Such transnational gendered residences illustrate how families are in flux, and point to some important changes in kinship configurations.

Carmela’s father, Bruno, stood from his meal at the dining room table and shook my hand. ” Dolores directed us into a sitting room filled with cages and dozens of brightly colored birds. Her two small grandchildren, Noemi and Efrán said “hola,” and then ran outside to play. As she took off her apron and brushed hair away from her face, Dolores told me she was very tired—caring for Sara’s children while she was in Atlanta was exhausting, although, she insisted, she wouldn’t trade the opportunity for anything.

S. citizenship had been obtained. My experiences working as a teacher with (im)migrants guided my theoretical interests: my project came out of my time in the classroom, the result of connecting with several migrants and becoming involved in their lives in multiple ways. It is not coincidental that this research centers on questions of family, gender, and state power. These were topics that often came up through interactions with my students, including class discussions, informal conversations, and observations of the bureaucratic processes through which migrants regularly maneuver.

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