Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants / Edition 1

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"An ethnographic classic and the best ethnography of migration that I have ever read."—Roger Waldinger, coauthor of How the Other Half Works

"A compelling, multi-dimensional portrait of Mexicans in New York. Smith authoritatively examines, in considerable detail and with convincing ethnographic evidence, how immigration patterns have drastically changed over the last 15 years, creating a group of 'transnational migrants.'"—Francisco Lomeli, author of U.S. Latino Literatures and Cultures

"Many observers of American migration have noticed the increasing formation of transnational communities instead of one-way transfers from old country to new. In his warm, perceptive, richly documented study of a Mexican town, its New York counterpart, and the connections between them, however, Robert Smith has lived, chronicled, and reinterpreted the human experience of transnationalism. He shows us how individual and collective transformations interact, producing surprising new varieties of social life."—Charles Tilly, author of Durable Inequality

"Studying local processes over an extended period of time has allowed Smith to make a major theoretical and methodological contribution to our understanding of the migration experience. Smith brilliantly succeeds in detecting as yet unrecognized dynamics in the increasingly complex and multi-sited character of migration."—Saskia Sassen, author of Guests and Aliens

"In this essential book, Robert Courtney Smith provides insight on New York City in a new and important way. After years of research and observation, Smith documents a world through the eyes of the city's growing Mexican population. Smith's crucial points about immigration and transnational identity make compelling reading because of the sense of joy in his writing at being so close to a community that is redefining the American immigrant experience."—Deborah Amos, Correspondent, National Public Radio

"The big contributions in ethnography come from doing something ambitious and novel in data gathering. Smith's research is not only unprecedented in its fieldwork, his analyses are consistently subtle, surprising and omni-relevant to major sociological issues. An instant classic, Mexican New York deeply carves a new benchmark for immigration studies."—Jack Katz, professor of sociology, University of California Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520244139
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/14/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 385
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Courtney Smith is Associate Professor of Sociology, Immigration Studies and Public Affairs, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, and Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the coeditor of Migration, Transnationalization, and Race in a Changing New York (2001). He is cofounder of the Mexican Educational Foundation of New York, a 501c(3) organization.
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Table of Contents

1 Transnational life in ethnographic perspective 1
2 Dual contexts for transnational life 18
3 "Los ausentes siempre presentes" : making a local-level transnational political community 53
4 The defeat of Don Victorio : transnationalization, democratization, and political change 76
5 Gender strategies, settlement, and transnational life in the first generation 94
6 "In Ticuani, he goes crazy" : the second generation renegotiates gender 123
7 "Padre Jesus, protect me" : adolescence, religion, and social location 147
8 "I'll go back next year" : transnational life across the life course 186
9 Defending your name : the roots and transnationalization of Mexican gangs 207
10 Returning to a changed Ticuani 242
Conclusions and recommendations 277
Coda : the Mexican educational foundation of New York 293
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