Rooted/Uprooted: Place, Policy, and Salvadoran Transnational Identities in Rural Arkansas
In a globalized world, place and policy continue to matter. While theories of transnationalism emphasize the ways in which migrants’ social ties and cultural imaginaries transcend boundaries, this transcendence is structured by the geographies of economic production and state policies. Particular sites of settlement in the United States, often determined by emergent labor markets, also profoundly shape the experiences of particular migrant communities. Rather than an incidental backdrop, place exerts an influence through specific contexts of cultural practice and historical heritage as well as emergent configurations of racial and ethnic identities. In light of this, the recent trend of Latin American settlement in rural areas of the Heartland requires a reexamination of theories of transnational migration that have primarily been formed with reference to either urban areas or the border region.
The particular histories and cultural identities embedded in these rural Middle American landscapes inform the process of Latin Americanization or “tropicalization” of the landscape (Davis 2001). Given the high proportion of migrants in new destinations lacking in full legal status, these sites can also shed light on the cultural logics and concrete impacts of deportability and legal marginalization.
Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland: Changing Social Landscapes in Middle America
University of Illinois Press
Anthropology | Latin American Studies
Hallett, Miranda Cady, "Rooted/Uprooted: Place, Policy, and Salvadoran Transnational Identities in Rural Arkansas" (2013). Books and Book Chapters by University of Dayton Faculty. 80.