Peruvians Dispersed

Peruvians Dispersed : A Global Ethnography of Migration

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The book examines Peruvian migration to the United States, Spain, Japan and Argentina and uses a multi-sited field research design to make ethnographic in-depth descriptions of Peru's many migrant communities in America, Europe and Asia, explore the politics of immigration that the Global North employs to control migration from the Global South and rethink current attempts to theorize transnational migration.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739118382
  • 9780739118382

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Extended Field Part 3 Flows and Contexts Chapter 4 Coming and Going Chapter 5 Strangers at the Gate Part 6 Networks and Processes Chapter 7 The Cat and the Mouse Chapter 8 Tying the Untied Chapter 9 Global Secrets Part 10 Categories and Trajectories Chapter 11 Home, Bittersweet Home Chapter 12 Tales from the Shadow Part 13 Conclusion Chapter 14 Between Hope and Despair
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Review quote

This important book examines transnational migration from Peru to four of the main receiver nations of Peruvian immigrants... The book's strength lies in the many interviews and case histories that Paerregaard has constructed. The interviews range widely across the immigrant landscape, gender, and class. As such they provide the msot careful study of Peruvians abroad yet written... Paerregaard's research is first rate; he structures his discussion clearly, and he understands well the need for placing this book in a proper historical context. Journal of American Ethnic History, Spring 2010 This rich multi-sited ethnography, and the numerous life-stories it encompasses, provide compelling insights into what Paerregaard refers to as Peruvians' 'life-long struggle to progresar (make progress)', both at home and abroad. Despite power relations that exclude and marginalize them, migrants make use of social networks and sheer existential resourcefulness to improve their lot, albeit at the cost of continuing uncertainty and painful compromise. -- Michael D. Jackson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School
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About Karsten Paerregaard

Karsten Paerregaard is a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and associate professor of anthropology at the University of Copenhagen.
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