De Ambos Lados/From Both Sides
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.
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