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Fire in the CanyonReligion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream$
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Leah M. Sarat

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814759370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814759370.001.0001

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I Lift Up My Eyes to the North

I Lift Up My Eyes to the North

(p.68) 3. I Lift Up My Eyes to the North
Fire in the Canyon

Leah Sarat

NYU Press

This chapter examines the rise of migration from El Alberto to the United States amid religious and socioeconomic change that swept the town in the 1960s and 1970s. Beginning with internal migration in the 1960s and continuing with U.S. migration in the late 1980s, an increasing numer of residents left El Alberto in search of work and a better life. The material changes experienced by those who left were so pronounced that religious concerns could momentarily be put aside. This chapter tells the stories of women who left home as children to work as domestic servants within Mexico, and men who left home as teenagers to work in Mexico City, Texas, and beyond. It explores changing gender relations and new forms of subjectivity that emerged and how the hardships of migration inspired religious responses from emigrants.

Keywords:   migration, El Alberto, United States, religious change, socioeconomic change, Mexico City, material change, domestic servants, Mexico, gender relations

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