A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages Its Migration / Edition 1

A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages Its Migration / Edition 1

by David FitzGerald
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520257057

ISBN-13: 9780520257054

Pub. Date: 12/02/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

What do governments do when much of their population simply gets up and walks away?
In Mexico and other migrant-sending countries, mass emigration prompts governments to negotiate a new social contract with their citizens abroad. After decades of failed efforts to control outflow, the Mexican state now emphasizes voluntary ties, dual nationality, and rights

Overview

What do governments do when much of their population simply gets up and walks away?
In Mexico and other migrant-sending countries, mass emigration prompts governments to negotiate a new social contract with their citizens abroad. After decades of failed efforts to control outflow, the Mexican state now emphasizes voluntary ties, dual nationality, and rights over obligations.
In this groundbreaking book, David Fitzgerald examines a region of Mexico whose citizens have been migrating to the United States for more than a century. He finds that emigrant citizenship does not signal the decline of the nation-state but does lead to a new form of citizenship, and that bureaucratic efforts to manage emigration and its effects are based on the membership model of the Catholic Church.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520257054
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Map of Jalisco, Mexico xiii Introduction 1
1 The Politics of Absence 15
2 Inside the Sending State 36
3 The Church's Eye on Its Flock 70
4 Colonies of the Little Motherland 103
5 The Stranger or the Prodigal Son? 125 Conclusion 153 Appendix Survey Methodology 181 Notes 185 Bibliography 205 Index 235

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