Border Lives: Fronterizos, Transnational Migrants, and Commuters in Tijuana by Sergio Chavez

Border Lives: Fronterizos, Transnational Migrants, and Commuters in Tijuana

bySergio Chavez

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In Border Lives, Sergio Chavez moves past Tijuana's notorious image as a hub of sex, drugs, and crime to tell the story of the diverse group of individuals who use both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border as a resource to construct their livelihoods. Based on ethnographic observation and in-depthinterviews, Chavez explores the complex and often contradictory ways in which the border influences the livelihood strategies and lifestyles of border crossers. The border shapes respondents' knowledge and relationships, controls their time, and allows them to convert U.S. wages into a Mexicanstandard of living without losing the social and cultural comforts of Tijuana-as-home.A substantial contribution to migration and labor studies, Border Lives provides empirical grounding to theories of how geographical borders shape human action.

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Sergio Chavez is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rice University. He was born and raised in California's Salinas Valley.
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Title:Border Lives: Fronterizos, Transnational Migrants, and Commuters in TijuanaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 16, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Crafting Border Livelihoods2. The Occupational Careers of Ex-Braceros3. Becoming a Border Commuter4. Strategies for Crossing the Border through (Non)Inspection5. Border Networks6. Conclusion: Lessons from TijuanaEpilogue: Border Lives One Decade LaterAppendix A: Methodological ReflectionIndex

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"Sergio Chavez's insightful ethnography on the lives of border crossers is an important book. While intimately rendering the lives of his informants, Chavez's innovative framing of the border as a site for studying structure-agency enables him to make an unusual contribution in the sociologyof migration." --Robert Smith, author of Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants