First Advisor

Michele R. Gamburd

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Science and University Honors


Social Science


Transnationalism -- Social aspects -- Mexico, Transnationalism -- Social aspects -- United States, United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy, Immigrants -- United States -- Social conditions, Mexico -- Emigration and immigration, United States -- Emigration and immigration




This paper explores the process of gender and kinship reconfiguration during transnational migration. Transnational migrants shift and adapt the ways in which they fulfill the cultural responsibilities of kinship and gender. This study focuses on Latin American migrants and their kin networks on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Although themes of global economic, trade, and immigration are present, the focus is migration in a western context. Drawing on published ethnographies, I use data collected by anthropologists and other social science researchers in the past decade and a half to elucidate the ways in which governmental bodies control and incite migration. Transnational migration causes alterations to the methods of fulfilling kinship and gender responsibilities. The findings of this study are highly relevant in terms of creating a cross-cultural understanding of how and why people migrate to the United States.


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