Beyond La Frontera

Beyond La Frontera : The History of Mexico-U.S. Migration

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Providing a comprehensive and up-to-date historical overview of Mexican migration to the U.S., Beyond la Frontera: The History of Mexico-U.S. Migration examines the transnational and historical impact of migratory trends as they developed in Mexico and the U.S. from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Featuring essays by leading authors in the field, the book utilizes both a chronological and thematic structure, referencing mutually influential periods in Mexican and Mexican-American history. Taking into consideration the bi-national historical factors and narrative constructions of Mexican migration, Beyond la Frontera also describes how we may better understand the persistent legislative debates surrounding migrant rights and national sovereignty.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 162.56 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Tables, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0195382226
  • 9780195382228
  • 1,755,684

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"This is a book that those of us who teach the history of Mexico, Mexico-U.S. Relations and Chicana/o Studies have waiting for: an interdisciplinary volume on Mexico-U.S. migration by some of the leading scholars in the field that offers a truly transnational perspective to a transnational phenomenon. It builds on the research on migration coming from Mexico scholars, the research on migration coming out of Chicana/o Studies and Ethnic Studies, and builds a bridge between both fields." -Carlos A. Contreras, Grossmont College
"The chapter authors comprise an impressive array of immigration scholars and I am sure their insight on this important issue will be extremely valuable. I will find it useful to have a concise collection of these scholars' assessments in one accessible volume." - Monica Rankin, University of Texas at Dallas
"This is excellent. Fills a huge void: Well framed in relation to Mexican history; links well with history and social sciences, has thematic, methodology, and regional diversity. Top Notch roster of Authors."- Aldo Lauria Santiago, Rutgers University

..".There is no book available like Beyond the Border in the market. This book is unique for its multidisciplinary approach, its chronological study of Mexican migration from the 19th century to the present, and the broad range of subjects that it studies extensively. The book will attract students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as scholars specialized in the history and culture of the United States, Latin America, Mexico, and Chicano and Latino population in the US. The thematic section (specially the chapters by Eith Luibheid and Robert Buffington, and Alex Saragoza) will be of interest, in addition to historians and such, to students and scholars in literary studies, cinema studies, sociology, ethnography, and gender studies, as well as in all the areas listed above." -Fernando Fabio Sanchez, Portland State University
"I am very attracted by the transnational approach. Students will be interested in learning more from the Mexican side of the border. I think that the proposed sections-- one chronological and one thematic-- are promisingEL In comparison to the other collections I have considered, the proposed text suggest far more emphasis on understanding the Mexican side of the migration issue, rather than focusing solely the American side of the migration question."- Ellen Eisenberg, Williamette University

"This collection of new essays by well-established scholars provides welcome relief from the old debates. The contributors shine new light on Mexican and U.S. immigration policies over time, and around key themes, to illustrate the profound, diverse, and disparate impact of migration on both societies. In addition to being highly readable essays in themselves, together they constitute a powerful new text for the teaching of Mexican immigration history beyond la frontera."--Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Brown University

"This is the best compilation of histories and historiographies that I know of on Mexican immigration to the United States. The scholarship in the introduction is exceptional. The rest is an excellent source of historical and current data, indispensable for teaching and research on the subject."--Jorge Bustamante, University of Notre Dame and UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

"In an era in which heated rhetoric on both sides of the Mexican immigration controversy has undermined the opportunity for reasoned discussion, this thought-provoking anthology should serve as a starting point for anyone interested in seriously pondering and engaging some of the most vexing political and social issues of our time."--David G. Gutierrez, UC San Diego

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About Associate Professor Mark Overmyer-Velazquez

Mark Overmyer-Velazquez is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Visions of the Emerald City: Modernity, Tradition, and the Formation of Porfirian Oaxaca, Mexico (2006), which won the 2007 Best Book Prize awarded by the New England Council on Latin American Studies.
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