The World of Mexican Migrants by Judith Adler Hellman
The Rock and the Hard Place

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Widely praised as a splendid addition to the literature on the great wave of post–1970 immigration from Mexico—as a result of which an estimated 6 million undocumented Mexican migrants now live in the United States—The World of Mexican Migrants, by acclaimed author Judith Adler Hellman, takes us into the lives of those who, no longer able to eke out even a modest living in their homeland, have traveled north to find jobs.

Hellman takes us deep into the sending communities in Mexico, where we witness the conditions that lead Mexicans to risk their lives crossing the border and meet those who live on Mexico’s largest source of foreign income, remittances from family members al Norte. We hear astonishing border crossing tales—including one man’s journey riding suspended from the undercarriage of a train. In New York and Los Angeles, construction workers, restaurant staff, street vendors, and deliverymen share their survival strategies—the ways in which they work, send money home, find housing, learn English, send their children to school, and avoid detection.

Drawing upon five years of in-depth interviews, Hellman offers a humanizing perspective and “essential window” (Booklist ) into the lives and struggles of Mexican migrants living in the United States.
 

About Judith Adler Hellman

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Judith Adler Hellman is a professor of social and political science at York University, Toronto. She is the author of Mexican Lives and The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place, both published by The New Press, as well as Mexico in Crisis and Journeys Among Women: Feminism in Five Italian Cities. Hellman's fieldwork and writing on Mexico date back to the 1960s, when she first interviewed peasants in the countryside and social movement activists in the cities. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
 
Published August 1, 2009 by New Press, The. 284 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A sympathetic, wide-ranging portrait of the lives of Mexicans on both sides of the border.

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Mexican migration to the United States increased sharply with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—a trilateral trade bloc in North America created by the governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada, that came into effect on January 1, 1994—as well as other political and econo...

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