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Shadowed Lives Undocumented Immigrants in American Society



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  • Shadowed Lives : Undocumented Immigrants in American Society
    Shadowed Lives : Undocumented Immigrants in American Society
  • Shadowed Lives Undocumented Immigrants in American Society
    Shadowed Lives Undocumented Immigrants in American Society


One of the few case studies of undocumented immigrants available, this insightful anthropological analysis humanizes a group of people too often reduced to statistics and stereotypes. The hardships of Hispanic migration are conveyed in the immigrants' own voices while the author's voice raises questions about power, stereotypes, settlement, and incorporation into American society.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Author's Preface and Acknowledgments to the Second Editionp. xi
Preface to the Third Editionp. xv
Introduction/Transition and Incorporationp. 1
Anthropology and Undocumented Migrationp. 2
Migrants, Settlers, and Transnationalsp. 4
Answering the Questionsp. 6
Fieldwork: Finding the Unfindablep. 7
Roots of Mexican Immigration in the 20th Centuryp. 9
Overview of Chaptersp. 13
The Settingp. 17
Undocumented Immigrants and the Larger Societyp. 20
Local Reactions to ˘Illegal Aliens÷p. 24
Separationp. 29
Migration as a Part of Family Historyp. 30
Target Earnersp. 34
Dissatisfaction with Local Economic Opportunitiesp. 34
The ImmigrantĂs Dreamp. 38
Female Immigrantsp. 39
Family Conflictsp. 41
Adventure and Curiosityp. 42
Central American Immigrantsp. 44
Final Thoughtsp. 48
Crossing Bordersp. 49
The Border Zonep. 49
The Soccer Field Experiencep. 54
Memories of Crossing the Borderp. 57
Crossing the Hills with Familyp. 61
Avoiding the Hillsp. 63
Central Americans: Many Borders to Crossp. 65
Risks of Separationp. 66
The Border as Political Theaterp. 70
Borders and Liminalityp. 72
Life on the Farmp. 75
Life in the Campsp. 76
Relations Back Homep. 84
Discardable Workersp. 86
Women and Children in the Canyonsp. 88
Marginality and Incorporationp. 92
Settled Farmworkersp. 93
Suburban Shantytown and Refugep. 97
The Migrant Problemp. 98
A Community at Green Valleyp. 103
Life in the Campp. 110
Green Valley's Final Daysp. 115
Street-Corner Employmentp. 115
The Health Departmentp. 120
The Final Daysp. 124
Green ValleyĂs Demolitionp. 126
Alter Green Valleyp. 128
Final Thoughts on Green Valleyp. 130
The Continuing Saga of Migrant Campsp. 132
Families and Childrenp. 135
Transnational Families and Reunited Familiesp. 136
Marriagep. 142
Domestic Groupsp. 143
Social Networks and ˘Daughter Communities÷p. 148
Binational Families and the Politics of Reproductionp. 151
Workp. 157
The Quest for Workp. 158
The Steady Workerp. 161
Women and Domestic Workp. 163
The Work Ethicp. 168
English and Workp. 170
Earnings and Mobilityp. 172
Final Thoughtsp. 174
Learning to Live as an "Illegal Alien"p. 177
Home as a Refugep. 179
Implications of Being Apprehendedp. 181
Apprehension Experiencesp. 183
Fear and Behaviorp. 189
Seeking the Security of Documentationp. 190
Incorporationp. 193
Economic Incorporationp. 194
Social Incorporationp. 194
Cultural Incorporationp. 198
Personal Incorporationp. 203
Incorporation and the Larger Societyp. 206
Undocumented Immigrants as Threats to the Nationp. 208
A New Nativism and Mexican Immigrationp. 209
Epiloguep. 213
Bibliographyp. 227
Glossaryp. 237
Appendix / Films on Undocumented Immigrantsp. 239
Indexp. 241
Permissionsp. 251
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