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Recession Without Borders: Mexican Migrants Confront the Economic Downturn

David Scott FitzGerald, Rafael Alarcón, and Leah Muse-Orlinoff, editors
Recession Without Borders: Mexican Migrants Confront the Economic Downturn
ISBN: 978-0-9800560-6-8
$65.00
ISBN: 978-0-9800560-7-5
$27.50
2011/152 pages/LC: 2010052370
Distributed for the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego

DESCRIPTION

How has the current US economic crisis affected Mexicans on both sides of the border? This volume answers that question, drawing on a 2010 study of the migrant source community of Tlacuitapa, Jalisco, and its satellite communities in Oklahoma City and the San Francisco Bay Area. A survey of 830 adults and scores of in-depth interviews yield a rich picture of not only how migrants and their families in Mexico are managing with fewer dollars, but also how US immigration and economic policies affect their everyday lives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Scott FitzGerald is Theodore E. Gildred Chair in US-Mexican Relations, professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and co-director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UCSD. Rafael Alarcón is research professor in the Department of Social Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. Leah Muse-Orlinoff is a research assistant at Harder+Company Community Research.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction: Tlacuitapa Revisited—the Editors.
  • US Border Enforcement: The Limits of Physical and Remote Deterrence of Unauthorized Migration—J. Hicken, J. Fischbein, and J. Lisle.
  • Pressure from the Inside: The Subnational Politics of Immigration—A. García et al
  • Deciding to Migrate—V. Puentes, R. Hong, and E. Valencia.
  • Making Do with Less: Current Economic Strategies in a Traditional Migrant-Sending Community—J. Blanc et al.
  • Coping with Hard Times in El NorteJ. Cabrera-Hernández et al.
  • Equal Hopes, Disparate Outcomes: Education in an Immigrant Community—T. Silva, L.M. García-García, and E. Puhl.
  • Contraceptive Use in a Community of International Migration—S. Goldenberg, K. Kessler, and L. Quezada.