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The value, costs, and meaning of transnational migration in rural Oaxaca, Mexico


  • Jeffrey Cohen
  • Bernardo Rios
  • Lise Byars

    () (Department of Anthropology, the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA.)


Rural Oaxacan migrants are defined as quintessential transnational movers, people who access rich social networks as they move be-tween rural hometowns in southern Mexico and the urban centers of southern California. The social and cultural ties that characterize Oaxacan movers are critical to successful migrations, lead to jobs and create a sense of belonging and shared identity. Nevertheless, migration has socio-cultural, economic and psychological costs. To move the discussion away from a framework that emphasizes the positive transnational qualities of movement we focus on the costs of migration for Oaxacans from the state’s central valleys and Sierra regions.

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  • Jeffrey Cohen & Bernardo Rios & Lise Byars, 2009. "The value, costs, and meaning of transnational migration in rural Oaxaca, Mexico," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 6(1), pages 15-25, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:6:y:2009:i:1:p:15-25

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    1. Ernesto López-Córdova, 2005. "Globalization, Migration, and Development: The Role of Mexican Migrant Remittances," ECONOMIA JOURNAL, THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION - LACEA, vol. 0(Fall 2005), pages 217-248, August.
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    1. Brandon D. Lundy, 2011. "Dearly Deported: Social Citizenship of Undocumented Minors in the US," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 8(1), pages 55-66, April.

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