Recession Without Borders: Mexican Migrants Confront the Economic Downturn

(distributed by Lynne Rienner Publishers)
Edited by
David Scott FitzGerald, Rafael Alarcón Acosta, and Leah Muse-Orlinoff
2011, 250 pages, paperback

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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 more than 850 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 Editors

David Scott FitzGerald is associate director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Rafael Alarcón Acosta is research professor in the Department of Social Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. Leah Muse-Orlinoff is a PhD candidate in sociology at UCSD.


Introduction—the Editors.
How Effective Is Border Enforcement?—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.
Household Survival Strategies in Mexico—D. Arizaga, et al.
Coping with Hard Times in El Norte—J. Cabrera Hernández, et al.
Equal Hopes, Disparate Outcomes: Education in an Immigrant Community—T. Silva, L.M. García García, and E. Puhl.
Contraception and Sexuality in a Migrant Community—S. Goldenberg, K. Kessler, and L. Quezada.