This concluding chapter states how the book sought to accomplish three major goals, each of which reflects an important element in the study of transnational migration and circulation between Peru and the United States. First, it dissects the reasons why people in the central highlands of Peru leave their home country. Second, it illustrates the conditions under which contemporary Andean migrants leave, how they fare, what structural constraints shape their lives and experiences, and how they reimagine their communities and themselves in the process. Finally, the book suggests a particular form of ethnography that serves both as a metaphor and fieldwork strategy in contexts where mobility has become the modus operandi of the ethnographer. The latter part of the chapter details the contributions that this case study on transnational migration between Peru and the United States make to scholarship on migration and circulation.
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