By Jorge Duany
During this finished comparative examine, Jorge Duany explores how migrants to the U.S. from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico continue a number of ties to their nations of starting place.
Chronicling those diasporas from the top of worldwide battle II to the current, Duany argues that every sending country's dating to the USA shapes the transnational adventure for every migrant workforce, from felony prestige and migratory styles to paintings actions and the connections migrants preserve with their domestic nations. mixing broad ethnographic, archival, and survey learn, Duany proposes that modern migration demanding situations the normal idea of the geographical region. expanding numbers of immigrants and their descendants lead what Duany calls "bifocal" lives, bridging or extra states, markets, languages, and cultures all through their lives. while international locations try to draw their barriers extra in actual fact, the ceaseless move of transnational migrants, Duany argues, calls for the rethinking of traditional equations among birthplace and place of dwelling, id and citizenship, borders and boundaries.
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When such activities are taken into account, the scope of transnationalism becomes much more expansive. In this book, I use transnational as a middle-ground concept. By transnationalism, I mean the construction of dense social fields through the circulation of people, ideas, practices, money, goods, and information across nations. This circulation includes, but is not limited to, the physical movement 20 rethinking transnationalism of human bodies as well as other types of exchanges, which may or not be recurrent, such as travel, communication, and remittances.
Finally, scholars should use qualitative techniques such as participant observation and intensive interviewing to document migrants’ cultural repertoires, identities, and interactions. I follow this methodological advice whenever possible. Unfortunately, single-case ethnographies make it difficult to generalize about transnational practices. Hence, scholars have extensively used crosssectional surveys, comparing groups of different national origins during the same period (see, for example, Orozco et al.
Still, I retained many Cuban friends and relatives in Puerto Rico and the United States. As I approached this sensitive issue, I sought to abandon the popular myth of the Golden Exiles— the almost instantaneous economic success of Cubans in San Juan as well as in Miami— and to explain their mode of incorporation, cultural adaptation, and ambivalent relationship with Puerto Rican society. Writing my dissertation, it was difficult to assume a “neutral” tone in describing the Cuban community in Puerto Rico, a tone that was neither celebratory nor condemnatory.
Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States by Jorge Duany