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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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Mitad Allá, Mitad Aquí/Half There, Half Here

Mitad Allá, Mitad Aquí/Half There, Half Here

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Intimate Migrations

Deborah A. Boehm

NYU Press

This chapter explores the effect of transnational movement on gendered kin relations, and examines how families living across an international border are both divided and united transnationally. Individuals, couples, and families living across an international border experience the contradictory processes of continuity and fragmentation. Even as the U.S.–Mexico border divides couples and families, Mexican immigrants build relationships and construct home and family in a manner that transcends nation-states. However, despite the fluid movement of transnational Mexicans between the U.S. and Mexico, the border is a barrier with a powerful and far-reaching impact on families and the geographic and symbolic locations of kin. Ultimately, for Mexican immigrants, constructing home, marriage, and family is a transnational endeavor, one that bridges—yet is always ruptured by—the U.S.–Mexico border.

Keywords:   transnational movement, gendered kin relations, U.S.–Mexico border, Mexican immigrants, transnational Mexicans

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