Jalos, USA: Transnational Community and Identity (Paperback)

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Alfredo Mirande is professor of sociology and ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of a number of books, including The Stanford Law Chronicles: Doin' Time on the Farm (2007), Gringo Justice (1987), and The Chicano Experience (1985), all published by the University of Notre Dame Press.
"In Jalos, USA, Alfredo Mirandae explores migration between the Mexican town of Jalostotitlaan, Jalisco, and Turlock, California, and shows how migrants retain a primal identity with their community of origin. The study examines how family, gender, courtship, religion, and culture promote a Mexicanized version of the "American Dream" for la gente de Jalos. After introducing traditional theories of migration and describing a distinctly circular migration pattern between Jalos and Turlock, Mirandae introduces a model of transnationalism. Residents move freely back and forth across the border, often at great risk, adopting a transnational village identity that transcends both the border and conventional national or state identities. Mirandae's findings arebased on participant observation, ethnographic field research, and captivating in-depth personal interviews conducted on both sides of the border with a wide range of respondents. To include multiple perspectives, Mirandae conducts focus group interviewswith youth in Jalos and Turlock, as well as interviews with priests and social service providers. Together, these data provide both a rich account of experiences as well as assessments of courtship practices and problems faced by contemporary migrants. Jalos, USA is written in an accessible style that will appeal to students and scholars of Latino and migration studies, policy makers, and laypersons interested in immigration, the border, and transnational migration; "Alfredo Mirandae is an established scholar. The strength of this book is in its rich, fascinating interviews of individuals on both sides of the border. The reader comes away with a strong sense that Mirandae really got to know the individuals who were interviewed because he used a respectful approach that was able to cull out incredible detail and honesty from those individuals"--Bill Ong Hing, University of San Francisco School of Law"--


ISBN 9780268035327
Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Hispanic American Studies
Format Paperback
Pages 221
Publisher Date 2014-06-30 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of Notre Dame Pr
Copyright Year 2014
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.8 lb
Language English
Subtitle Transnational Community and Identity
Audience College/higher education
Authors Mirande, Alfredo
Country of Origin United States

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