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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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Placing Intimate Migrations

Placing Intimate Migrations

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Intimate Migrations

Deborah A. Boehm

NYU Press

This chapter discusses intimate migrations, which are constituted in the geographic, conceptual, and lived spaces between the intimate and the structural. Indeed, everyday encounters with the state have increasingly dissolved the boundaries between public and private spheres. Like colonial contexts, today's state regimes shape gendered family life, and intimate exchanges are always structured by and situated within social and economic processes. Moreover, global capital is intertwined with intimate relations and identities, and transnational encounters are both deeply personal and embedded in broader relations of power. An ethnographic view reveals how intimate relations motivate, guide, and are directed by global migrations, directly linking gendered kin relations to global processes.

Keywords:   intimate migrations, social processes, economic processes, intimate relations, transnational encounters, global migrations, gendered kin relations

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