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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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Gendered Borderlands

Gendered Borderlands

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Intimate Migrations

Deborah A. Boehm

NYU Press

This chapter studies the complexities of gender and power in the context of the U.S. state. Gendered crossings illustrate how unauthorized entry and migration, as well as its perils, are shaped by one's gender in shifting circumstances. Indeed, state power and processes that categorize migrants as “illegal” play out in the gendered actions and interactions of transnational Mexicans' everyday lives. Increasingly, gender shapes and is shaped by undocumented migration against a backdrop of intensifying controls at the U.S.–Mexico border and within the United States. The chapter then discusses “gendered transgressions” of transnationality, demonstrating how the state's presence and the specter of “illegality” reconfigure desire, infidelity, and gendered violence.

Keywords:   unauthorized migration, state power, transnational Mexicans, undocumented migration, gendered transgressions, transnationality, illegality, gendered violence

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