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Metropolitan Migrants: The Migration of Urban Mexicans to the United States / Edition 1

Metropolitan Migrants: The Migration of Urban Mexicans to the United States / Edition 1

by Rubén Hernández-LeónRubén Hernández-León
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Challenging many common perceptions, this is the first book fully dedicated to understanding a major new phenomenon—the large numbers of skilled urban workers who are now coming across the border from Mexico's cities. Based on a ten-year, on-the-ground study of one working-class neighborhood in Monterrey, Mexico's industrial powerhouse and third-largest city, Metropolitan Migrants explores the ways in which Mexico's economic restructuring and the industrial modernization of the past three decades have pushed a new flow of migrants toward cities such as Houston, Texas, the global capital of the oil industry. Weaving together rich details of everyday life with a lucid analysis of Mexico's political economy, Rubén Hernández-León deftly traces the effects of restructuring on the lives of the working class, from the national level to the kitchen table.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520256743
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rubén Hernández-León is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Map of Monterrey and Houston

1. The Migration of Urban Mexicans to the United States
2. Urban-Industrial Development in Mexico, 1940-2005
3. Restructuring and International Migration in a Mexican Urban Neighborhood
4. The Monterrey-Houston Connection: The Social Organization of Migration and the Economic Incorporation of Immigrants
5. The Migration Industry in the Monterrey-Houston Connection
6. Metropolitan Migrants: A New Dimension of Mexico-U.S. Migration

Methodological Appendix

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