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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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Ni de Aquí, Ni de Allá/From Neither Here nor There

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Intimate Migrations

Deborah A. Boehm

NYU Press

This chapter discusses how migrants operate both within and outside of nation-states. Although individuals and families do act outside of state control, circumventing the state and strategically using state policies and practices as they are able, the U.S. state has far-reaching effects in transnational Mexicans' everyday lives. Indeed, the production of illegality interacts with—and often shapes—the intimate exchanges of daily life, resulting in the multiple spatial and metaphorical places migrants reside. That migrants repeatedly situate themselves in both places, divided by the border, and between two nations captures these shifting locations of intimate spaces and states of illegality. Nevertheless, immigrants exercise independence even as they are subjected to intense controls.

Keywords:   transnational Mexicans, illegality, migrants, U.S. state policies, independent immigrants

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