Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders


Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders Author Leisy J. Abrego
ISBN-10 0804790515
ISBN-13 9780804790512
Year 2014-02-05
Pages 268
Language English
Publisher Stanford University Press
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Widening global inequalities make it difficult for parents in developing nations to provide for their children and both mothers and fathers often find that migration in search of higher wages is their only hope Their dreams are straightforward with more money they can improve their children s lives But the reality of their experiences is often harsh and structural barriersparticularly those rooted in immigration policies and gender inequitiesprevent many from reaching their economic goals Sacrificing Families offers a first hand look at Salvadoran transnational families how the parents fare in the United States and the experiences of the children back home It captures the tragedy of these families daily living arrangements but also delves deeper to expose the structural context that creates and sustains patterns of inequality in their well being What prevents these parents from migrating with their children What are these families experiences with long term separation And why do some ultimately fare better than others As free trade agreements expand and nation states open doors widely for products and profits while closing them tightly for refugees and migrants these transnational families are not only becoming more common but they are living through lengthier separations Leisy Abrego gives voice to these immigrants and their families and documents the inequalities across their experiences

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