Zapotecs on the Move Cultural, Social, and Political Processes in Transnational Prespective

ISBN-10: 0813560705
ISBN-13: 9780813560700
Edition: 2013
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Description: Through interviews with three generations of Yalálag Zapotecs (“Yaláltecos”) in Los Angeles and Yalálag, Oaxaca, this book examines the impact of international migration on this community. It traces five decades of migration to Los Angeles in order  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 5/6/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Through interviews with three generations of Yalálag Zapotecs (“Yaláltecos”) in Los Angeles and Yalálag, Oaxaca, this book examines the impact of international migration on this community. It traces five decades of migration to Los Angeles in order to delineate migration patterns, community formation in Los Angeles, and the emergence of transnational identities of the first and second generations of Yalálag Zapotecs in the United States, exploring why these immigrants and their descendents now think of themselves as Mexican, Mexican Indian immigrants, Oaxaqueños, and Latinos—identities they did not claim in Mexico.Based on multi-site fieldwork conducted over a five-year period, Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez analyzes how and why Yalálag Zapotec identity and culture have been reconfigured in the United States, using such cultural practices as music, dance, and religious rituals as a lens to bring this dynamic process into focus. By illustrating the sociocultural, economic, and political practices that link immigrants in Los Angeles to those left behind, the book documents how transnational migration has reflected, shaped, and transformed these practices in both their place of origin and immigration.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Yallag Zapotecs
Building Community and Connections in Los Angeles
Community Life across Borders
Yallag Zapotec Identities in a Changing World
Identities of the Second-Generation Yallag Zapotecs
Danzas Chuscas: Performing Status, Violence, and Gender in Oaxacalifornia
Community and Culture in Transnational Perspective
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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