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Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California, and Oregon
by Lynn Stephen
Lynn Stephen’s innovative ethnography follows indigenous Mexicans from two towns in the state of Oaxaca—the Mixtec community of San Agustín Atenango and the Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle—who periodically leave their homes in Mexico for extended periods of work in California and Oregon. Demonstrating that the line separating Mexico and the United States is only o ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 13th 2007 by Duke University Press Books
(first published May 23rd 2007)
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Although I wanted to like this book, I found it quite dry and difficult to finish. The material is important - especially the notion of expanding the border as an analytic - but in many ways this text reminded me of more classical ethnographies from the early-twentieth century. The writing was quite dry and impersonal, and I found it difficult to connect with the people whose lives are portrayed and examined in the text. In short, it's an important contribution...but not a terribly entertaining ...more