Goldring, Luin
June 2002
Latin American Research Review;2002, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p55
Academic Journal
This article examines relations between the Mexican state and transmigrants through an analysis of migrant- and state-led transnational practices and policies. It addresses discussions of the strength and extent of Mexican state control and hegemony as well as debates in the transnationalism literature on the potential autonomy of transmigrant groups and the role of subnational link-age. The analysis is based on information on transmigrant organizations and Mexican political authorities in Los Angeles and Mexico and focuses on Zacatecas. Mexican transmigrant organizations predate current state initiatives aimed at Mexicans in the United States, but state involvement has been crucial to the institutionalizing of transnational social spaces. The state's hegemonic project involves the largely symbolic reincorporation of paisanos living abroad back into to the nation but depends on provincial and municipal authorities and transmigrant organizations for implementation. Because these vary, the project has been implemented unevenly. The complexity of these processes can be captured only by examining transnational social spaces at a subnational level. The case of Zacatecas shows how a corporatist and semi-clientelist transmigrant organization has managed to gain concessions that broaden opportunities for participation. It remains to be seen whether and how promises of political representation will be fulfilled.


Related Articles

  • FROM IMMIGRANT TO TRANSMIGRANT: THEORIZING TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION. Schiller, Nina Glick; Basch, Linda; Blanc, Cristina Szanton // Anthropological Quarterly;Jan1995, Vol. 68 Issue 1, p48 

    Contemporary immigrants can not be characterized as the "uprooted." Many are transmigrants, becoming firmly rooted in their new country but maintaining multiple linkages to their homeland. In the United States anthropologists are engaged in building a transnational anthropology and rethinking...

  • Transnationalism: Living in Two Worlds. Levitt, Peggy // Communities & Banking;Jun2008, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p6 

    The article discusses how transnationalism is evoked by the immigrants in the U.S. as it carries out a push for policies that meet the demands of the present time. It speculates changes in the attitude and the working habits of immigrants relative to the dual obligations they partake of. It adds...

  • The Ideological War Within the West. Fonte, John // Institute of Public Affairs Review;Jun2002, Vol. 54 Issue 2, p3 

    States that the challenge from transnational progressive to traditional American concepts of citizenship, patriotism, assimilation, and the meaning of democracy itself is fundamental. Core propositions that define transnational progressive; Suggested dimension to a conceptual framework of...

  • Global Flows with Chinese Characteristics. Giese, Karsten // Journal of Current Chinese Affairs;2012, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p3 

    An introduction is presented in which the editor discusses various reports published within the issue on topics including the Chinese migration to Russia, Chinese transnational social sphere in Singapore, and the migration of Chinese in Laos.

  • Introduction: Immigration, Incorporation, Assimilation, and the Limits of Transnationalism. Barkan, Elliott R. // Journal of American Ethnic History;Winter/Spring2006, Vol. 25 Issue 2/3, p7 

    The article introduces a series of essays which deal with immigration, assimilation and transnationalism.

  • Illegal immigration a problem for all sides. Rupkalvis, David // Graham Leader;5/2/2010, Vol. 134 Issue 75, p2A 

    The article discusses the author's view on the issue of illegal immigration from Texas to Arizona.

  • Why International Migration has Important Consequences for the Development of Belize. Babcock, Elizabeth C.; Conway, Dennis // Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Yearbook;2000, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p71 

    Evaluates the impact of migration based on a multi-year fieldwork investigation of the transnational migration paths of Belizeans. Complexity of migration between Belize and the U.S.; Sociocultural impacts of migration on sending communities; Development initiatives sponsored by Belizeans abroad.

  • Dominican migration to Puerto Rico: A transnational perspective. Duany, Jorge // Centro Journal;Spring2005, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p243 

    This essay provides a panoramic view of transnational migration from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. To begin, the author sketches the historical background of the exodus, underlining the ties between the two neighboring countries since the days of Spanish colonialism in the Caribbean....

  • Harnessing Transnational Linkages for Development: The Case of Dutch-Filipino Connections. Maas, Marisha // Asian & Pacific Migration Journal (Scalabrini Migration Center);2003, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p501 

    Using the concept of transnationalism as a point of departure, I examine the expanding linkages between Filipinos in the Netherlands and their communities of origin in the Philippines. The emerging linkages and relations between migrants abroad and their home communities also include other...


Read the Article

Other Topics