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"With an ethnographer’s eye for detail, Boehm shows us the hopes, dreams, frustrations, tensions, divisions, and enduring qualities of lives among families connected and split by the U.S.-Mexico border. Intimate Migrations puts a human face on the reasons why people migrate, changing gender relations, and how children experience these dynamic and fluid processes, all of which are subject to increasingly restrictionist U.S. immigration laws. . . . A must read for anyone interested in understanding our complex, transnational world."
-Leo Chavez,University of California, Irvine
"Intimate Migrations explores the human side of immigration, vividly portraying everyday lives on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border. Drawing on interviews and field work in Albuquerque and the small rancho of San Marcos in San Luis Potosi, Boehm outlines the sharp differences between male and female migration. Young men follow in the footsteps of their fathers, brothers, and uncles and migrate to become adults and providers, while women and children remain in the rancho or migrate much later, often to care for households of male kin rather than to enter the work force. These gender differences are in turn shaped by the potency and reach of U.S. policy that constructs 'illegal’ and 'legal’ persons, constrains movement, conveys citizenship, and allows for family reunification- policies that fall unevenly on kin networks…. A moving panorama of how these contradictions play out in personal lives.”
-Louise Lamphere,University of New Mexico
"Recommended for all levels/libraries."-CHOICE,
"Boehm crafts an enthralling piece of feminist, anthropological writing that weaves the human side of immigration into her scholarship."-Journal of Youth and Adolescence,