Labor and Legality An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network

ISBN-10: 0199739382

ISBN-13: 9780199739387

Edition: 2011

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Labor and Legality: Life in a Mexican Immigrant Network is an ethnography of undocumented immigrants who work as busboys at a Chicago-area restaurant. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz introduces readers to the Lions, ten friends from Mexico committed to improving their fortunes and the lives of their families. Set in and around "Il Vino," a restaurant that could stand in for many places that employ undocumented workers, Labor and Legality reveals the faces behind the war being waged over "illegal aliens" in America. Gomberg-Muñoz focuses on how undocumented workers develop a wide range of social strategies to cultivate financial security, nurture emotional well-being, and promote their dignity and self-esteem. She also reviews the political and historical circumstances of undocumented migration, with an emphasis on post-1970 socioeconomic and political conditions in the United States and Mexico. Labor and Legality is one of several volumes in the Issues of Globalization: Case Studies in Contemporary Anthropology series, which examines the experiences of individual communities in our contemporary world. Each volume offers a brief and engaging exploration of a particular issue arising from globalization and its cultural, political, and economic effects on certain peoples or groups. Ideal for introductory anthropology courses-and as supplements for a variety of upper-level courses-these texts seamlessly combine portraits of an interconnected and globalized world with narratives that emphasize the agency of their subjects.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/25/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188

Preface
Introduction
Meet the Lions
A Dog's Life: Luis
I Want Respect at My Job: Rene
Meet the Lions
Il Vino Buono
What Does a Busboy Do?
How Do the Lions Compare to Other Groups of Workers?
Why is There Undocumented Migration?
Papa Juan's Story
A History of Mexican Labor Migration to the United States
The Beginnings of Borders in North America
The Seeds of Globalization: Development and Migration
The Roots Take Hold: The Breadbasket and the Bracero Program
Reaping the Harvest: The Political Production of "Illegal Immigration"
Politics of Marginalization
Politics of Labor Reproduction
Jumping and Adjusting to Life Under the Radar
Migration: Chuy's Story
Life in Le�n
Family Strategies
The Price of Crossing
Life Under the Radar: Papers
Life Under the Radar: Getting Adjusted
Changing Ideas of Home: Return Migration and Return-Return Migration
M�y Unidos: Friends, Networks, and Households
Having Friends Makes Things Easier: Alejandro
Utilizing a Social Network: Finding Work
Money and Respect: Assessing Jobs and Bosses
Getting Paid and Managing Money
Utilizing a Social Network: Households
Ech�ndole Ganas: Working Hard
A Little Extra: Roberto
Extra Work, Flexible Work
A Hypothetical Day in the Work Life of an Il Vino Busboy
Learning the Ropes: Humor and Hazing
Working as a Team
Covering and Criticizing: Protecting the Group and Enforcing the Norms
Why Work Hard? Dimensions of Willingness
Consent and Contradiction
Los N�mero Uno: Identity, Dignity, and Esteem
They're Good People: Lalo
Race, Class, and Illegality: Structural Dimensions of Mexican Immigrant Identity
Mojarones and Pacos: Race, Class, and Illegality at Il Vino
The Dignity of Hard Work
On the Margins of the "American Dream"
Gendered Identity and the Honor of Family Men
Illegals and Criminals: Racism, Nativism, and the Criminalization of Low-Wage Labor
We Wetbacks are People Who Like to Work: Leonardo
Myths and Realities
Illegals and Criminals
Toward an Anti-Nativist, Anti-Racist Perspective on Immigration
Epilogue
Appendix: Interview Outline-Core Participants
Student Resource Guide
Glossary
References Cited
Index
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