A Place to Be: Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican Immigrants in Florida's New Destinations

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A Place to Be is the first book to explore migration dynamics and community settlement among Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican immigrants in America's New South. The book adopts a fresh perspective to explore patterns of settlement in Florida, including the outlying areas of Miami and beyond. The stellar contributors from Latin America and the United States address the challenges faced by Latino immigrants, their cultural and religious practices, as well as the strategies used, as they move into areas experiencing recent large-scale immigration.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American Ethnic History

"This volume makes important contributions to immigration studies as well as to the study of 'lived religion' and its intersection with the livelihoods of Latin American immigrants in Florida."
Director, Immigration & Ethnicity Institute, Florida International University - Alex Stepick

"A Place to Be is a must-read for everyone interested in religion and transnational communities. The book's innovative focus on lived religion and collective mobilization considerably advances theories of both international migration and religion."
author of God Needs No Passport - Peggy Levitt

"A cutting edge contribution that focuses on non-traditional placesof settlement, models new methods for analyzing religious geographies, andhighlights the important role of space, place, and time in immigrantincorporation and mobilization."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813544939
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction: Understanding Transnationalism, Collective Mobilization, and Lived Religion in New Immigrant Destinations Philip J. Williams Manuel A. Vasquez Timothy J. Steigenga 1

Part 1 Transnational Lives: Networks, Families, and Solidarities across Borders

2 Beyond Homo Anomicus: Interpersonal Networks, Space, and Religion among Brazilians in Broward County Manuel A. Vasquez 33

3 From Jacaltenango to Jupiter: Negotiating the Concept of "Family" through Transnational Space and Time Silvia Irene Palma Carol Giron Solorzano Timothy J. Steigenga 57

4 Solidarities among Mexican Immigrants in Immokalee Patricia Fortuny Loret De Mola Mirian Solis Lizama Philip J. Williams 80

Part 2 Collective Mobilization and Empowerment

5 Transnationalism and Collective Action among Guatemalan and Mexican Immigrants in Two Florida Communities Timothy J. Steigenga Philip J. Williams 103

6 Immigrant Regime of Production: The State, Political Mobilization, and Religious and Business Networks among Brazilians in South Florida Jose Claudio Souza Alves 128

Part 3 Identities and Lived Religion

7 Lived Religion and a Sense of Home: The Ambiguities of Transnational Identity among Jacaltecos in Jupiter Timothy J. Steigenga Silvia Irene Palma Carol Giron Solorzano 151

8 Looking for Lived Religion in Immokalee Philip J. Williams Patricia Fortuny Loret De Mola 170

9 Brazilian and Mexican Women: Interacting with God in Florida Patricia Fortuny Loret De Mola Lucia Ribeiro Mirian Solis Lizama 190

10 A Place to Be: New and Old Geographies of Latin American Migration in Florida and Beyond Timothy J. Steigenga Manuel A. Vasquez Philip J. Williams209

Contributors 227

Index 231

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