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Introduction

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

in Beyond the Borderlands

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780520269583
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950238 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520269583.003.0001
Introduction

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This book is an ethnography based on fieldwork in Mexico and Pennsylvania, which investigates the challenges encountered by Mexican families as they endeavored to find their place in Kennett Square beginning in the mid-1980s. It situates the events in Kennett Square in the historical context of the changing geography of Mexican immigration, the oldest and most sustained of all of America's immigrations. In particular, the book presents a ten-year longitudinal window between 1995 and 2005 during the formation of the new destination settlement in Kennett Square, and the accompanying changes that took place in Textitlán. It explores the English-speaking majority's responses to Mexican settlement, which at times seemed paradoxical and contradictory. This chapter provides an overview of the book's contents.

Keywords: Mexico; Pennsylvania; Mexican families; Kennett Square; Mexican immigration; Textitlán; Mexican settlement

Chapter.  12467 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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