The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 1, 2010 - 384 pages
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Widely praised as a splendid addition to the literature on the great wave of post - 1970 immigration from Mexico - as a result of which an estimated 6 million undocumented Mexican migrants now live in the United States - The World of Mexican Migrants, by acclaimed author Judith Adler Hellman, takes us into the lives of those who, no longer able to eke out even a modest living in their homeland, have traveled north to find jobs. Hellman takes us deep into the sending communities in Mexico, where we witness the conditions that lead Mexicans to risk their lives crossing the border and meet those who live on Mexico's largest source of foreign income, remittances from family members al Norte. We hear astonishing border crossing tales - including one man's journey riding suspended from the undercarriage of a train. In New York and Los Angeles, construction workers, restaurant staff, street vendors, and deliverymen share their survival strategies - the ways in which they work, send money home, find housing, learn English, send their children to school, and avoid detection. Drawing upon five years of in-depth interviews, Hellman offers a humanizing perspective and ''essential window'' (Booklist ) into the lives and struggles of Mexican migrants living in the United States.
 

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Contents

Luis Keeping Your Head Down
viii
Introduction
xxv
Beto Those Not with Us
3
Nopal Verde The Life of a Town
11
San Rafael A Life of Cooperation
27
Marta The Tyranny of InLaws
40
Dolores We Only Speak on Sundays
56
Tomás Traveling in Style
67
Shanti and Daniel
120
Walking Around Living Their Lives
128
Carlos Names and Networks
135
Sara Ten Words in Ten Years
159
Francisco The Hardest Place
170
Julio A Quick Exit
205
Manuel Life After Amnesty
215
Patricia Weighing the Good and the Bad
234

Elena Absolutely Still
82
Angel Cat and Mouse
89
The Tucson Consulate
101
No More Deaths
108
Conclusion
263
A Note on Methodology
297
Notes
311
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