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Fragmented Ties Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America

ISBN-10: 0520222113
ISBN-13: 9780520222113
Edition: 2000
Authors: Cecilia Menjivar
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In one of the most comprehensive treatments of Salvadoran immigration to date, Cecilia Menjiacute;var gives a vivid and detailed account of the inner workings of the networks by which immigrants leave their homes in Central America to start new lives in the Mission District of San Francisco. Menjiacute;var traces crucial aspects of the immigrant experience, from reasons for leaving El Salvador, to the long and perilous journey through Mexico, to the difficulty of finding work, housing, and daily necessities in San Francisco.Fragmented Tiesargues that hostile immigration policies, shrinking economic opportunities, and a resource-poor community make assistance conditional and uneven, deflating expectations both on the part of the new immigrants and the relatives who preceded them. In contrast to most studies of immigrant life that identify networks as viable sources of assistance, this one focuses on a case in which poverty makes it difficult for immigrants to accumulate enough resources to help each other. Menjiacute;var also examines how class, gender, and age affect immigrants' access to social networks and scarce community resources. The immigrants' voices are stirring and distinctive: they describe the dangers they face both during the journey and once they arrive, and bring to life the disappointments and joys that they experience in their daily struggle to survive in their adopted community.

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Structure of Opportunities, Social Networks, and Social Position
Background to Migration
The Long Journey through Mexico
The Context of Reception in the United States
The Dynamics of Social Networks
Gendered Networks
Informal Exchanges and Intergenerational Relations
Immigrant Social Networks and the Receiving Context
Crossing Boundaries: A Personal Note on Research
App. B: Study Participants
Notes
References
Index

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