The Remittance Landscape: Spaces Of Migration In Rural Mexico And Urban Usa

Paperback | January 12, 2015

bySarah Lynn Lopez

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Immigrants in the United States send more than $20 billion every year back to Mexico—one of the largest flows of such remittances in the world. With The Remittance Landscape, Sarah Lynn Lopez offers the first extended look at what is done with that money, and in particular how the building boom that it has generated has changed Mexican towns and villages.

Lopez not only identifies a clear correspondence between the flow of remittances and the recent building boom in rural Mexico but also proposes that this construction boom itself motivates migration and changes social and cultural life for migrants and their families. At the same time, migrants are changing the landscapes of cities in the United States: for example, Chicago and Los Angeles are home to buildings explicitly created as headquarters for Mexican workers from several Mexican states such as Jalisco, Michoacán, and Zacatecas. Through careful ethnographic and architectural analysis, and fieldwork on both sides of the border, Lopez brings migrant hometowns to life and positions them within the larger debates about immigration.
 

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Immigrants in the United States send more than $20 billion every year back to Mexico—one of the largest flows of such remittances in the world. With The Remittance Landscape, Sarah Lynn Lopez offers the first extended look at what is done with that money, and in particular how the building boom that it has generated has changed Mexican...

Sarah Lynn Lopez is assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 12, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022620281X

ISBN - 13:9780226202815

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Table of Contents

Prologue

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Remittance Space: Buildings as Evidence of Social Change

1          The Remittance House: Dream Homes at a Distance

2          Tres por Uno: The Spatial Legacy of Remittance Policy

3          El Jaripeo: The Gendered Spectacle of Remittance

4          La Casa de Cultura: Norteño Institutions Transform Public Space

5          In Search of a Better Death: Transnational Landscapes for Aging and Dying

6          Migrant Metropolis: Remittance Urbanism in the United States

Conclusion: Rethinking Migration and Place

Notes

Index

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“Lopez shows that the economic and cultural trace left by the migration of people, cultures, and money is changing the architecture of houses and sociabilités both in Mexican towns and American cities. The Remittance Landscape is a superb blend of historical and spatial imagination; social, cultural, and architecture history; and historical research and ethnography.”