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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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¡Ya Soy Hombre y Mujer!/Now I Am a Man and a Woman!

¡Ya Soy Hombre y Mujer!/Now I Am a Man and a Woman!

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Intimate Migrations

Deborah A. Boehm

NYU Press

This chapter looks at how immigration directs and impacts gender relations and subjectivities, and outlines the changing roles of women and men. Constructions of manhood and womanhood are shifting as males and females migrate within a transnational space. Migration results in a complex interplay between men and women—a series of negotiation through which women are exercising increased power in some circumstances but also facing the reassertion of male dominance. Similarly, men practice new forms of control as they simultaneously experience loss and are subjected to power imbalances in the United States. Moreover, masculinity is both reconstituted and compromised by immigration to the United States.

Keywords:   immigration, gender relations, manhood, womanhood, masculinities, femininities, migration, male dominance

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