The Transnational Villagers
By (author) Peggy Levitt
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Transnational Villagers by Peggy Levitt
Book DescriptionContrary to popular opinion, increasing numbers of migrants continue to participate in the political, social, and economic lives of their countries of origin even as they put down roots in the United States. The Transnational Villagers offers a detailed, compelling account of how ordinary people keep their feet in two worlds and create communities that span borders. Peggy Levitt explores the powerful familial, religious, and political connections that arise between Miraflores, a town in the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood in Boston and examines the ways in which these ties transform life in both the home and host country. The Transnational Villagers is one of only a few books based on in-depth fieldwork in the countries of origin and reception. It provides a moving, detailed account of how transnational migration transforms family and work life, challenges migrants' ideas about race and gender, and alters life for those who stay behind as much, if not more, than for those who migrate. It calls into question conventional thinking about immigration by showing that assimilation and transnational lifestyles are not incompatible. In fact, in this era of increasing economic and political globalization, living transnationally may become the rule rather than the exception.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520228139
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 4-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peggy Levitt
Artifacts and Allegiances, Paperback (August 2015)
Takes us around the world to tell the compelling story of how museums today are making sense of immigration and globalization. This book provides a close-up view of how different kinds of institutions balance nationalism and cosmopolitanism.
Religion on the Edge, Paperback (December 2012)» View all books by Peggy Levitt
The thirteen essays in this volume offer a challenge to conventional scholarly approaches to the sociology of religion. They urge readers to look beyond congregational settings, beyond the United States, and to religions other than Christianity, and encourage critical engagement with religion's complex social consequences.
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Author Biography - Peggy Levitt
Peggy Levitt is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
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