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In the Shadows and Out

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/9780520269583.003.0004
In the Shadows and Out

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This chapter provides an in-depth examination of the daily life of Mexicans in Kennett Square and the emerging sense of place. It also determines three distinct periods of Mexican emplacement and belonging: Early Settlement and the Evolution of the New Destination (1994–1998), Being and Belonging (1999–2000), and Adaptation and Incorporation (2001–2005). The importance of belonging extends beyond discussions of migration, globalization, and the role of the state. In the mid-1990s, most Mexican women structured their spatial worlds within their homes in Kennett Square, even when those homes were cramped and claustrophobic. The degree of incorporation experienced by Mexican families in Kennett Square shifted noticeably between 1995 and 2000. Perceptions of belonging shaped the broader Mexican understanding of Mexicans' place in Kennett Square's community and similarly influenced their interpretations of how much freedom they had to express themselves.

Keywords: Mexicans; Kennett Square; Mexican emplacement; Mexican belonging; incorporation; early settlement; adaptation

Chapter.  17095 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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