Migration Miracle Faith, Hope, and Meaning on the Undocumented Journey

ISBN-10: 0674030850
ISBN-13: 9780674030855
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Since the arrival of the Puritans, various religious groups, including Quakers, Jews, Catholics, and Protestant sects, have migrated to the United States. The role of religion in motivating their migration and shaping their settlement experiences has been well documented. What has not been recorded is the contemporary story of how migrants from Mexico and Central America rely on religion-their clergy, faith, cultural expressions, and everyday religious practices-to endure the undocumented journey. At a time when anti-immigrant feeling is rising among the American public and when immigration is often cast in economic or deviant terms, Migration Miracle humanizes the controversy by exploring the harsh realities of the migrantsrsquo; desperate journeys. Drawing on over 300 interviews with men, women, and children, Jacqueline Hagan focuses on an unexplored dimension of the migration undertaking-the role of religion and faith in surviving the journey. Each year hundreds of thousands of migrants risk their lives to cross the border into the United States, yet until now, few scholars have sought migrantsrsquo; own accounts of their experiences.

Jacqueline Maria Hagan is Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of Deciding To Be Legal: A Maya Community in Houston.

Introduction
Decision Making and Leave-Taking
The Dangerous Journey
Churches Crossing Borders
Miracles in the Desert
La Promesa
Conclusion
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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