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“I Give Thanks to God, After That, the United States”

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/9780520269583.003.0002
“I Give Thanks to God, After That, the United States”

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This chapter explores everyday life in Textitlán, outlining the history of the pueblo and the emergence of its prosperous garment industry, also exploring the relationships of Textitlán's residents in relation to the United States and the social relationships between migrating and non-migrating neighbors. It specifically examines the day-to-day cultural practices that make this town “home” for Mexicans. The families presented wanted their children to have the best opportunities possible, regardless of their gender. Textitlán's garment industry is ideally suited to the lifestyles of migrating families. Day-to-day living in Textitlán was peaceful and slow paced. Textitlán's long history of migration and return has influenced the local economy significantly. Migrating families are significantly more likely to own their own homes than those who have never migrated. Data show the positive impact of migration on the economic lives of Textitlanecos.

Keywords: Textitlán; pueblo; garment industry; United States; cultural practices; Mexicans; migration

Chapter.  10638 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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