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Migration from the Mexican Mixteca: A Transnational Community in Oaxaca and California

Wayne A. Cornelius, David Scott FitzGerald, Jorge Hernández-Díaz, and Scott Borger, editors
Migration from the Mexican Mixteca:  A Transnational Community in Oaxaca and California
ISBN: 978-0-9800560-3-7
ISBN: 978-0-9800560-2-0
2009/268 pages/LC: 2009003637
CCIS Anthologies, Vol. 6
Distributed for the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego

"Each essay contains new, fascinating, unexpected nuggets of fresh data.... There is not a boring chapter or irrelevant topic raised. Essential."—Choice


Choice Outstanding Academic Book!

This volume provides a vivid portrait of a transnational migrant community anchored in both the remote Mixteca region of Oaxaca and the San Diego metropolitan area.

Drawing on surveys and interviews with migrants and potential migrants conducted by a binational research team in 2007-2008, the contributors show how the Oaxaca-based and the California-based natives of the town of San Miguel Tlacotepec have built parallel communities separated by an increasingly fortified international border. Their findings offer important new insights on a range of vital issues in US immigration policy, including the efficacy and impact of border enforcement, how undocumented status affects health and education outcomes, and how modern telecommunications are shaping transborder migrant networks.


Wayne A. Cornelius is director emeritus of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), University of California, San Diego (UCSD). David Scott FitzGerald is Theodore E. Gildred Chair in US-Mexican Relations, professor of sociology at UCSD, and co-director of CCIS.Jorge Hernández-Díaz is professor of anthropology at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca. Scott Borger is an economist with the US Office of Immigration Statistics.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • San Miguel Tlacotepec as a Community of Emigration—B. Cota-Cabrera, E. Hildreth, A. Rodríguez, and V. Canseco Zárate.
  • Strategies for Success: Border Crossing in an Era of Heightened Security—K. Parks, G. Lozada, M. Mendoza, and  L. García Santos.
  • Setting Down Roots: Tlacotepense Settlement in the United States—C. Appleby, N. Moreno, and A. Smith.
  • Long-Distance Lives: International Migrant Networks and Technology in the United States and Mexico—L. Muse-Orlinoff, M. Matus Ruiz, C. Ambort, and J.E. Cárdenas.
  • Going to School, Going to El Norte: Migration's Impact on Tlacotepense Education—A. Sawyer, D. Keyes, C. Velásquez, G. Lima, and M.M. Bautista.
  • Lucharle por la Vida: The Impact of Migration on Health—W.L. Duncan, L. Korwin, M. Pinedo, E. González-Fagoaga, and D. García.
  • Between Here and There: Ethnicity, Civic Participation, and Migration in San Miguel Tlacotepec—E. Perry, N. Doshi, J. Hicken, and J.R. Méndez García.
  • The Economics of Migration: Agriculture, Remittances, and Investment—E. Erickson, T. Menéndez, and P. Nichols.
  • Appendix: Survey Questionnaire.