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Jones's study focuses on the ways in which U.S. migration affects the lives of families in these two subregions. Migrants from Zacatecas have traditionally come from rural areas and have gone to California and Illinois. Migrants from Coahuila, on the other hand, usually come from urban areas and have almost exclusively preferred locations in nearby Texas. The different motivations of both groups for migrating, and the different economic and social effects upon their home areas realized by migrating, form the core of this book. The comparison also lends the book its uniqueness, since no other study has made such an in-depth comparison of two areas.
Jones addresses the basic dichotomy of structuralists (who maintain that dependency and disinvestment are the rule for families and communities in sending areas) and functionalists (who believe that autonomy and reinvestment are the case of migrants and their families in home regions). Jones finds that much of the primary literature is based on uneven and largely outdated data that leans heavily on two sending states, Jalisco and Michoacan. His fresh analysis shows that communities and regions of Mexico, rather than families only, account for differing migration patterns and differing social and economic results of these patterns.
Jones's study will be of value not only to scholars and practitioners working in the field of Mexican migration, but also, for its innovative methodology, to anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and historians whose interests include human migration patterns in any part of the world
"Compares impact of US migration on municipios in the states of Coahuila and Zacatecas. Findings suggest there are important differences in the socioeconomic characteristics of migrants of the two areas and that the remittance of funds by migrants impacted the receiving communities in different ways. Concludes with an interesting speculation on possible impacts of free trade initiatives for rural municipios"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
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|1||Introduction: The Research Record||1|
|2||The Context of Migration: Zacatecas and Coahuila||28|
|3||Household Migration in Space and Time||51|
|4||U.S. Migration and Household Economic Behavior||71|
|5||Case Studies of Household Heads||98|
|6||Migration and the Economic Base of Central Zacatecas||110|
|7||Conclusions and Further Research Questions||126|
|Appendix A: Study Design||137|
|Appendix B: Household Questionnaire||140|
|Appendix C: Establishment Questionnaire||145|