Jeffrey Harris Cohen

Jeffrey Harris Cohen
The Ohio State University | OSU · Department of Anthropology

PhD, Indiana University, 1994
2022 OSU Community Engaged Scholar. Study digital divide, migration, inequality & food practices in Mexico & beyond.

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Introduction
I am an award winning community engaged scholar and cultural anthropologist with a focus on migration and remittances, nutrition, food ways, wellbeing and indigenous response to Covid-19 as well as the digital divide. In addition to my long-term research in Mexico and global investigations, I collaborate with the Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio. My students build on this work as we build a better anthropology and decolonize the field.
Additional affiliations
January 2005 - May 2022
The Ohio State University
Position
  • Professor
January 2000 - June 2005
Pennsylvania State University
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  • Professor (Assistant)
August 1995 - December 1999
Texas A&M University
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  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
August 1989 - August 1994
Indiana University Bloomington
Field of study
  • Anthropology

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Publications (148)
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The World Bank notes that officially recorded remittances reached $689 billion in 2018, including $529 billion to low‐ and middle‐income countries. While these figures are mind‐boggling and potentially render the act of migration as a clear decision, they do not communicate the social challenges that result for movers and nonmovers around migration...
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COVID-19 is a challenge for indigenous communities in Mexico. Social inequalities and limited access to services combine with historical patterns of discrimination to amplify its negative impacts. Nevertheless, there are important ways in which indigenous communities organise and respond. Our paper, organised in three parts, summarises these challe...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every domain of life. Migration and human mobility, in general, are not exceptions. Since March 2020, researchers, policy makers and many others have channeled their efforts to understand this new coronavirus, its impact and prospects. Many scholars were thinking and writing on the pandemic from its onset and man...
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The pandemic and COVID-19 are a difficult challenge for indigenous communities; ethnic minorities and the poor (both urban and rural) face particularly severe situations. Amplifying the difficulties created by the pandemic are social inequalities and limited access to services including healthcare and social media. Nevertheless, while challenges mo...
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Background: Immigration is a disruptive event with multiple implications for health. Stressors, including family separation, acculturation, job insecurity, restricted mobility, sojourns, dangerous border crossings, stigmatization, and marginalization shape immigrant health in ways we are only beginning to untangle. Around the world, there are over...
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The digital divide refers to the physical gap that separates populations from access to digital services including the internet. This draft of our investigation with the Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio, captures how complex and dynamic the digital divide is and how it impacts are not simply technological, but social and related to health and id...
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Background: Acculturation profiles and their impact on telomere length among foreign-born Hispanics/Latinos living in the United States (US) are relatively unknown. The limited research available has linked acculturation with shortened telomere length. Objectives: To identify acculturation profiles among a US representative sample of Hispanics/Lati...
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COVID-19 and the pandemic confront and challenge indigenous communities both directly and indirectly. The direct threat of Covid-19 is quite real and typically framed in the counts of the sick and the dead. Indirect threats include the ways in which the virus exacerbates social inequalities (local, national and global), limits aid and aggravates hi...
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In August of 2018, the Italian national government prohibited North African passengers onboard the Diciotti from disembarking in Catania, Sicily. The ship had docked amid an ongoing debate over how Italy should respond to an increasing number of immigrants and refugees arriving to the nation's shores. Pro-migrant Sicilians came to the dock wielding...
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Migration is typically portrayed as an effective response to socio-economic hardship. Pushed by a lack of work at home and pulled by the promise of higher wages abroad, people relocate. When those moves succeed, migrants transfer money home (Yang, 2015). A logical, predictable system that is confirmed by evidence as well as World Bank figures notin...
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Background: South Asians (SA) are the second largest US immigrant group and have excess cardiometabolic (CM) disease. While acculturation is associated with increased CM risk among immigrants and refugees, the role of acculturation on SA CM risk is relatively unknown. CM disease presents as a syndemic or synergistic epidemic involving multiple dise...
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Mientras el coronavirus golpea México, algunas comunidades indígenas en el estado de Oaxaca, en el sur del país, están aplicando estrategias creativas para afrontar la situación.
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This is a revised and updated version of the paper: Indigenous responses to COVID-19: Examples from Oaxaca, Mexico. It is currently under review for publication.
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Alors que le Mexique paie un lourd tribut au coronavirus, certaines communautés indigènes de l’État du Oaxaca, dans le sud du pays, font preuve d’une grande créativité pour faire face à l’épidémie.
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This brief article summarizes some of the ways in which rural, indigenous Oaxacans (largely Zapotec) are coping with the challenges of COVID-19
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Russia remains the destination of choice for Tajik migrants. Its migration policies have profound implications for migrants’ legal status and capacity to remit and return home. This article draws on ethnographic research in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and explores how the enforcement of Russia’s immigration laws affects Tajik migrants and their families....
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In this editorial, I adapt a culture of migration approach to the study of migration and COVID-19. I argue that the coronavirus and COVID-19 undermine security and the efforts of movers to make informed decisions concerning their sojourns. The role of insecurity in decision-making, at points of origin and destination, and the ways that movers respo...
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The World Bank notes that officially recorded remittances reached a record $689 billion globally in 2018 including $529 to low- and middle-income countries. While these figures are rather mind-boggling and potentially render the act of migration as a clear-cut (convenient) decision; they do not effectively communicate how difficult and risky the pr...
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Patricia McAnany and Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire describe the archaeological investigations of detachment and abandonment as characterized by a "long-focus with low-resolution." That a long-focus, low-resolution approach to mobil­ity brings unique challenges, particularly details that are of a short duration in time:, is critical as we grow theor...
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For some people, springtime means longer days, warmer weather, and looking forward to gardening and summer vacations. But for sports fans in the United States, springtime means excited conversations with co-workers about the previous night’s March Madness game, debates over the top contenders for the NBA and NHL post seasons, and the smells of the...
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Göçmen dövizlerinin ulusal ekonomiler açısından taşıdığı önem son derece iyi belgelenmiştir ve bu akışın değeri, çok nadir olarak tartışmaya konu olmaktadır (bkz. Russell ve Teitelbaum, 1992). Bununla birlikte, göçmen dövizlerinin nasıl en iyi şekilde ele alınacağı ve çalışılacağı, küresel kapitalizme, ulusal ve yerel ekonomilere kattıkları parasal...
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Remittances Review This issue of Remittance Review includes four articles that, taken as a whole, reveal the dynamic and sometimes unanticipated role migrant remittances can play for household, community and national development over time. Too often, remittances are defined in unambiguous, economic terms that are focused on one point in time.
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https://www.tplondon.com/product/modelando/ El término transnacionalismo se desarrolló en la década de los 1990 cuando los investigadores académicos respondieron al crecimiento migratorio global y definieron las formas en que los migrantes organizaban sus vidas en sus lugares de origen y destino. Basándose en el trabajo pionero de Nina Glick-Schil...
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This study explores the formation of the urban middle class in Tajikistan, a low-income country in which large outmigration has developed over the past decades. Our study uses a Bourdieusian framework to note the ways international migration creates opportunities for class in the context of socio-political constraints, which hinder upward social mo...
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Migrants to the United States often experience deteriorating health during settlement. Stressors, including marginalization, separation from support systems, restricted mobility, and job insecurity contribute to allostatic load (AL). Nevertheless, settlement is often described as positive. To capture the dynamic nature of settlement and health outc...
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Food Choices and Food Security: Local Tastes and National Holidays in China
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The Nu (Yunnan Province) are a rural, economically marginal ethnic minority in southwestern China known for their tradition of raising livestock in pens built under or next to their homes. The local government used the federal Targeted Poverty Alleviation (TPA) program to build freestanding pens and relocate livestock in response to the perceived p...
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Philippe Charlier's Zombies, An Anthropological Investigation of the Living Dead, carefully translated by Richard J. Gray II, is as enigmatic as its subject matter. This rich and satisfying read is sometimes difficult and Charlier's prose can be a challenge, but it is well worth the effort, and many readers will complete Zombies in a single sitting...
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Context: Humans constantly respond to environmental stressors challenging their somatic stability. Allostasis, an evolved neuroendocrine/physiological stressor response system, is our main pathway for doing so. Effective allostasis returns somatic systems to their current optima; over a lifetime of stressor responses, related systems fail, effectiv...
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This book examines the history, archaeology, and anthropology of Mexican taste. Contributors analyze how the contemporary identity of Mexican food has been created and formed through concepts of taste, and how this national identity is adapted and moulded through change and migration. Drawing on case studies with a focus on Mexico, but also includi...
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Toasted Chapulines (grasshoppers) are an important food source in Oaxaca, Mexico. After an introduction to the culinary production of chapulines, we explore their meaning and taste for four distinct groups: (1) rural Oaxacans; (2) city dwellers; (3) restaurateurs/foodies; and (4) tourists. We argue that chapulines taste differently in relation to t...
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This is a brief reflection on the Migration Conference 2018, the sixth event in our conference series, was hosted by the University of Lisbon, Portugal. The Conference brought together nearly 600 international researchers. The Migration Conference series builds upon the earliest conferences held at Regent's University London and over time has grown...
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Bu incelemede, daha önceden göç çalışmalarında yapılan atıfları temel alarak oluşturduğumuz sıralama listesinde güncelleme ve yenileme gerçekleştirdik. Sonuçlar, kitaplar, raporlar, makaleler , kitap bölümleri ve yazarlar için ayrı ayrı sınıflandırıldı ve sunuldu. En son yaptığımız sıralamada, tüm zamanların en etkili çalışmalarını, özellikle 2011-...
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In this paper, I focus on the meaning and value of sovereignty, security and settlement in migration and around the Budapest Process and the Silk Routes Partnership.
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Economic turmoil and war constitute the main engines fueling migration in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1980. The development of migration is accompanied by remittance transfers that impact on the country. The most common use of remittances are to satisfy basic needs and fund specific family events that can include buying land, house const...
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As part of the UNESCO program, Arte en Transito, this paper explores how local populations manage and build culture identities in migrant/refugee settings.
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Migration is a dynamic process, difficult to frame and even harder to predict. Unlike other key events (most specifically death), migration follows uncertain pathways and reflects securities and insecurities that tend to play out across diverse social landscapes and include movers, non-movers as well as households and communities. Nevertheless, as...
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The Nu (Yunnan Province, China) are a rural, economically marginal ethnic minority in southwestern China known for their tradition of raising livestock in pens built under or next to their homes. The Chinese government developed the Targeted Poverty Alleviation (TPA) program to counter economic marginality throughout rural China. In response to the...
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In this chapter we compare and contrast our relationships with clients in our roles as expert witnesses, consultants, and specialists with the relationships we have with our subjects and informants as research anthropologists and as we collect ethnographic data. While there are qualities that differentiate the relationships we have as expert witnes...
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In this review paper, we refresh and update our earlier ranking list based on citations in the field of migration studies. The results are categorised and presented separately for books and reports, articles and book chapters as well as for authors. In our latest rankings, we present an updated version of the most linfluential works of all time, bu...
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Purpose The purpose of this chapter is to show the multi-faceted nature of shopping behavior at North Market and to develop the concept of productive leisure as a way of examining and reframing Daniel Miller’s Theory of Shopping. Methodology/approach This chapter utilizes Daniel Miller’s Theory of Shopping as a starting point to understand the dim...
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The articles included in this issue of Remittance Review reinforce our continued efforts in maturation of theory in the study of remittance practices (see Sirkeci, Cohen, Ratha, 2012 and Ratha and Sirkeci, 2010). The themes addressed go well beyond concerns with the physical nature of remittances, direction of flows and outcomes of remittance pract...
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https://theconversation.com/syrian-refugees-detrimental-to-americans-the-numbers-tell-a-different-story-72326
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In this paper we investigate the growth and use of social remittances in Tajikistan. Russia became the destination country of choice for labor migrants from former Soviet states following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Tajik migrants also seek new destinations including settlement in the US. International migration to Russia and the US c...
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We fear a significant chunk of Turkey's best-trained and most skilled members will vote with their feet and leave. It is a loss from which the country may not recover. See https://theconversation.com/failed-coup-in-turkey-means-thousands-are-voting-with-their-feet-63986
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The contemporary study of Mexican migration typically highlights international, cross-border, U.S.- bound movement. The rapid increase in migration to the United States in the 1980s and 1990s and its continued importance to movers and nonmovers as well as sending and destination communities is not in doubt, yet, the role of internal mobility—moveme...
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Instant messaging and video teleconferencing over social media are common 21st century ethnographic practices that crisscross physical and digital spaces. While this multimodal approach to fieldwork has increasingly become the norm in anthropology and other related disciplines, there is little discussion of the dynamism between various computer/sma...
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We approach Turkish mobility using a culture of migration perspective with reference to conflict. Conflicts are defined broadly into an array of situations including minor disputes, tensions or latent conflicts on the one hand and major violent events on the other. These situations, defined along a security continuum shape individual perceptions. I...
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A couple of young gringo anthropologists adjust to village life in Oaxaca, Mexico. They start with a wedding—and the food.
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Are people in the U.S. getting enough to eat? Unfortunately, even though the U.S. is bountiful and the world’s biggest individual exporter of food, millions of Americans actually are not. . . .
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In Part 1 of this volume, James Carrier argues that anthropology finds itself in the midst of two crises. The first is internal, emerging from concerns over the future of our field and the role anthropology can play beyond the academy. The second is external, emerging from the economic crisis that began in 2008 (and which, though officially over, c...
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During his first year of anthropological fieldwork in rural Oaxaca, Mexico, Dr. Jeffery Cohen faced many more challenges than just research. These experiences became the topic of his recently published book, Eating Soup with out a Spoon, where he discusses the adventure, wonder, community, and friendships he encountered living and working in the vi...
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This paper was presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Anthropological Association.
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http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/cohen-eating-soup-without-a-spoon Significant scholarship exists on anthropological fieldwork and methodologies. Some anthropologists have also published memoirs of their research experiences. Renowned anthropologist Jeffrey Cohen�s Eating Soup without a Spoon is a first-of-its-kind hybrid of the two, exper...
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Our paper offers an independent measure of the citation of published research in the field of migration studies. Using the Google Scholar citation database and Ann Harzing ranking software, we have created a list of the 100 most cited articles, books and authors in migration studies. Like any lists, this one also has some drawbacks but it reflects,...
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The aim of this paper is to offer an independent measure of the impact of published research in migration studies field. Using the Google Scholar citation database and Ann Harzing ranking software, we have created a long list of most cited works in migration studies and drew a list of 100 top articles and books and 100 most cited authors who appear...
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China created the dual HuKou system in an effort to modernize and manage rural to urban migration. The system restricted the mobility of most Chinese and limited rural peasant migration. In 1978 the demand for labour increased rapidly and rules controlling migration, including the HuKou system were loosen to encourage relocation. The establishment...
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Expert witnesses must rethink the roles of their informants in the court. In the legal world our informants (now clients) are often fighting for their guilt or innocence; we haven’t engaged them for data collection or theory building. In this paper, we explore the differences that define informants and clients and ask how can we build upon our expe...
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Bu çalışmada göç kuramsallaştırılmasına çatışma ve güvensizlik kavramları üzerinden bir yaklaşım sunulmakta ve tartışılmaktadır. Bu yaklaşım göçmen ve göç kavramları yerine 'hareketli' ve 'hareketli-lik' kavramlarını kullanırken göçmen ile göçmen olmayanlar arasındaki organik ilişkiye işaret etmek-tedir. Aynı zamanda göç kararlarının bireyin aile,...
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Columbus, Ohio has witnessed rapid growth in its Latino population as immigrants settle in the city to access jobs and a generally low cost of living. Immigrants also face discrimination as they settle in Columbus and interact with the city's citizens. In this paper, we note how discrimination plays out in social and economic isolation; a lack of p...
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Monthly food auctions in Saint Mary's, Ohio, are events where individuals and their families have the opportunity to purchase a variety of foods at bargain prices. We might assume that the opportunity to fill the pantry while saving money would encourage greed and hoarding. An individual can bid strategically to amass resources (here defined as the...
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Columbus, Ohio has witnessed rapid growth in its Latino population as immigrants settle in the city to access jobs and a generally low cost of living. Immigrants also face discrimination as they settle in Columbus and interact with the city's citizens. In this paper, we note how discrimination plays out in social and economic isolation; a lack of p...
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This essay is a review of the literature on internal migration, with a primary focus on Latin America. International migration dominates debates on mobility and development and has grown in importance in debates on migration. Yet, the number of movers traveling within the sovereign nations of Latin America rivals flows between countries that share...
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In this paper we explore the rise of Turkey as a destination for new migrants including the children of Turks and Kurds who emigrated to Europe and Germany over the last five decades. An environment of social, economic and human insecurity dominated migration from Turkey to Europe and in particular Germany over the last five decades; and today, shi...
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Migration scholarship is dominated by studies of international human mobility. The investigation of internal mobility of immigrants remains a low priority among students of migration (Ram and Shin 1999: 150). And while the theoretical divide between international and internal migration is known (Skeldon 2006), the volume of internal migration is un...
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This edited collection, which examines Mexican migration and the US economic crisis, is far more than a discussion of the impacts of the recession on the mobility of Mexican immigrants to the US. In fact, Cornelius, Fitzgerald, Lewin Fischer and Muse-Orlinoff have organised an important and provocative set of papers that, while focused on movers fr...
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A collection of papers on remittances research. The fears that the economic crisis of 2008 would lead to a decline in remittances and the returns of migrants to their sending countries were largely unfounded. Our volume reveals that while remittances declined following the crisis, they have largely recovered. Three trends that characterize remittan...
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The economic role of remittances in the lives of immigrant workers, their sending communities, and the developing nations they hail from is well documented (World Bank 2006a). The Council of Europe estimated that $72 billion flowed from workers to their homes in developing countries in 2002. This total was well in excess of the total official aid d...
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Immigrants tend to be more negatively affected by economic crisis than natives, particularly when governments apply strict immigration controls. With the onset of the financial crisis in the latter half of 2008, there were widespread concerns: would migrants return to sending countries and communities in large numbers, adding further economic woes...
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Around the globe, people leave their homes to better themselves, to satisfy needs, and to care for their families. They also migrate to escape undesirable conditions, ranging from a lack of economic opportunities to violent conflicts at home or in the community. Most studies of migration have analyzed the topic at either the macro level of national...
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Oaxacan artisans are celebrated for the quality of their work, their business success, and the ability of their goods to transcend space and time. Weavers of cotton and woolen textiles, potters, and most recently wood carvers who make alebrijes (painted wooden animals) produce goods that are bought and sold on the international market and appear in...
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Oaxacan artisans are celebrated for the quality of their work, their business success, and the ability of their goods to transcend space and time. Weavers of cotton and woolen textiles, potters, and most recently wood carvers who make alebrijes (painted wooden animals) produce goods that are bought and sold on the international market and appear in...
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In this review, I examine the meaning, place, and role of remittances for migrants (movers) and for their sending households and communities. I define remittances as more than economic and explore the cultural and social value of remittances as well as the ways in which transna-tional space is created as movers and nonmovers interact. Although remi...
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In The Early Morning Phone Call, Anna Lindley uses her research with Somalis living in the diaspora and others living in Somalia proper to effectively explore the complexities of remittance practice and outcomes. Lindley mixes economic data, ethnography, history, and transnational theory among other things to capture the ambivalence that surrounds...
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Oaxacan migration has grown in recent years, yet there are still many questions about its overall pattern and how it relates to Mexican migration in general. This paper has two goals. First it summarises Oaxacan migration and notes the importance of remittances and internal as well as international movement. Second, it compares Oaxacan movement to...
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From the review: The Zapatistas surprised the world in 1994, and fifteen years later, the movement continues to hold an important place for the rural poor in Mexico and antiglobalization protestors worldwide. Many questions remain regarding the meaning and role of the Zapatistas and their ubiquitous leader Subcomandante Marcos for Mexico, for the A...
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Grasshoppers (chapulines) are an important part of rural Oaxacan (Mexico) cuisine and they play a key role in the local diet and market. In this paper, and using data collected over several years of interviewing and ethnographic research in the state, we describe how rural Oaxacan women manage the harvest and prepare chapulines. Second, we examine...
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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...
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To better understand the positive contributions return migrants and migrant remittances make in Latin American society, this paper offers a reevaluation of existing conceptual frameworks. Previous research dwelt upon the unproductive nature of expenditures and the difficulties facing return migrants as they reintegrate themselves in home communitie...
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HellmanJudith Adler, The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place (London and New York, NY: The New Press, 2008), pp. xxiv+256, $25.95, hb. - Volume 40 Issue 4 - JEFFREY H. COHEN
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The article examines trends in voting preferences and voting behaviour of Turkish- Migration is a dynamic and changing phenomenon so too is migration scholarship and research. While we understand that migration experience has always been responsive to political and economic environments we continue to search for new approaches and statements about...
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Contradictory models of dependency and development have dominated the discussion of migration between Mexico and the United States. Transnational models of migration resolve these contradictions by defining a series of interdependencies (economy and society, for example). Using data collected in a rural Zapotec community in Oaxaca, Mexico, this art...
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In this paper, we examine the gendered nature of international and internal migration that originates in the central valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico. Our goals are to define migration patterns and outcomes for Oaxacan women from the central valleys region and note the differences that mark migrant men and women. We use ethnographic data from anthropologi...
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Strikes, violence and economic crisis characterized life in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico from the spring through late fall of 2006. Demonstrations began around the efforts of striking teachers and grew throughout the summer to include many groups critical of the state's governor. The confrontations led to blockades, violence and several acts of murd...
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Oaxacan crafts producers are celebrated for the quality of their work, their business success, and the ability of their goods to transcend space and time. Weavers of cotton and woolen textiles, potters of a wide variety of pottery styles, and most recently wood carvers who make alebrijes (painted wooden animals) produce goods that are bought and so...