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Intimate MigrationsGender, Family, and Illegality among Transnational Mexicans$
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Deborah A. Boehm

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789834

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789834.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

De Ambos Lados/From Both Sides

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(p.1) Introduction
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Intimate Migrations
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Deborah A. Boehm

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814789834.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of transnational migration. For all Mexican nationals, including those who have been naturalized as or were born U.S. citizens, several factors prevent them from leading a life characterized by fluid, unrestricted movement between Mexico and the United States. Different subjectivities, experiences, and circumstances intersect with political-economic realities, shaping who migrates; if, when, and how often they do so; and the character of their border crossings and lengths of stay in the United States. Drawing on scholarship across disciplines, this book engages theories of transnationality and borderlands, state power and the construction of illegality, gender relations, family and kinship, childhood, and transnational intimacies.

Keywords:   transnational migration, Mexican nationals, transnationality, illegality, transnational intimacies

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