Motherhood Across Borders: Immigrants and Their Children in Mexico and New York (Paperback)

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Winner, 2019 Inaugural Outstanding Ethnography Book Award, given by the Ethnography in Education Research Forum

Winner, 2019 Outstanding Book Award, given by the Council on Anthropology and Education

The stories of Mexican migrant women who parent from afar, and how their transnational families stay together

While we have an incredible amount of statistical information about immigrants coming in and out of the United States, we know very little about how migrant families stay together and raise their children. Beyond the numbers, what are the everyday experiences of families with members on both sides of the border?

Focusing on Mexican women who migrate to New York City and leave children behind, Motherhood across Borders examines parenting from afar, as well as the ways in which separated siblings cope with different experiences across borders. Drawing on more than three years of ethnographic research, Gabrielle Oliveira offers a unique focus on the many consequences of maternal migration.

Oliveira illuminates the life trajectories of separated siblings, including their divergent educational paths, and the everyday struggles that undocumented mothers go through in order to figure out how to be a good parent to all of their children, no matter where they live. Despite these efforts, the book uncovers the far-reaching effects of maternal migration that influences both the children who accompany their mothers to New York City, and those who remain in Mexico.

With more mothers migrating without their children in search of jobs, opportunities, and the hope of creating a better life for their families, Motherhood across Borders is an invaluable resource for scholars, educators, and anyone with an interest in the current dynamics of U.S immigration.

About the Author


Gabrielle Oliveira is Assistant Professor at Boston College Lynch School of Education.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781479866465
ISBN-10: 1479866466
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: July 24th, 2018
Pages: 272
Language: English