Social Cohesion in Mexican US-Bound Emigration
Publication Year: 2013
Revealing the complexities behind social networks of international migration, Migration-Trust Networks: Social Cohesion in Mexican US-Bound Emigration provides an empirical and theoretical analysis of how social networks of international migration operate in the transnational context. Further, the book clarifies how networking creates chain migration effects observable throughout history.
Flores-Yeffal’s study extends existing social network theories, providing a more detailed description of the social micro- and macrodynamics underlying the development and expansion of social networks used by undocumented Mexicans to migrate and integrate within the United States, with trust relationships as the basis of those networks. In addition, it incorporates a transnational approach in which the migrant’s place of origin, whether rural or urban, becomes an important variable. Migration-Trust Networks encapsulates the new realities of undocumented migration from Latin America and contributes to the academic discourse on international migration, advancing the study of social networks of migration and of social networks in general.
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
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First I would like to thank all the respondents in Mexico, El Salvador, and the United States who opened their warm homes to me and the members of my team, allowed me to investigate their lives, and who provided their life stories with no hesitation. Also, my most sincere thanks to all of those families who allowed me and my research team to live in their homes and ...
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...driving my children to school one morning and listening to the Spanish- language radio program “La Preciosa,” on 103.1 FM in Bryan and College Station, Texas. 1 The talk- show host, “El Genio Lucas,” broadcasted a phone call he received from someone looking for a friend. The gentleman, who af-“I am calling to see if you can make an announcement so I can fi nd some-...
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...tion, a complete stranger helped one migrant named José when he fi rst ar-rived to the United States. The stranger gave him clothes, food, a place to stay, and help fi nding a job. Years later, José searched for this stranger, named “Pancho,” through a radio announcement, but he could not even provide Pancho’s last name. This is only one example that shows how in-...
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...work, Trust and Rule , where he states, “Trust Networks consist of ramifi ed interpersonal connections within which people set valued, consequential, long term resources and enterprises at risk to the malfeasance of others” (5). As mentioned in chapter 1, it is unclear whether or not Tilly was able to make the connection between his concept of Trust Networks and undocu-...
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...was interviewed in a small town in Indiana, was sharing a house with six other migrants who were neither related to him by kin nor by friendship; he When I got here I was surprised because a guy ( un vato ) who lived in this house and who I’d never met before told me, “Let’s go to Wal- Mart.” When we got there he told me to get a cart, and when we got to the pants section he ...
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...who was from a city in Guanajuato, was able to fi nd a job in a Mexican res-taurant washing dishes. Upon arrival he stayed with his brother, who was married and had two kids. After a month of staying at his brother’s place Carlos began to have problems because his sister- in- law complained of the lack of privacy she experienced with Carlos’ presence at their house. She also ...
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...nance, and perpetuation of Migration- Trust Networks (MTNs). In most cases, such forces take place in a transnational context; that is, the con-nection between the social relations at the place of origin and those at the place of destination. The MTNs perform at multiple levels. First, there is the person- to- person interaction at the micro level. Once the network devel-...
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...social networks of migration can develop from rural and urban places of ori-gin and how they function. Such networks are Migration- Trust Networks, and they are the focus of this study. I theorize on how such networks func-tion when a large number of the network participants lack legal documen-tation. The MTNs expand and/or are transplanted to other networks, not ...
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...provide both advantages and disadvantages to their members at the places of origin and destination. For those who migrate, especially if it is their fi rst time, membership in an MTN can provide everything they need for their documented or undocumented journey, and to settle and sustain themselves at the place of destination. Most importantly, membership in the MTN will ...
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...observations a conceptual framework that scholars of international migra-tion can utilize to better understand the functionality of social networks of international migration, especially when network participants are largely undocumented, as in the case of the current Mexican migration fl ow to the United States. My hope is that this book will help us understand the social ...
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Page Count: 224
Illustrations: 4 b&w photos. 5 figs. 2 tables. Bib. Index.
Publication Year: 2013