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Striving and Surviving : A Daily Life Analysis of Honduran Transnational Families - Leah Schmalzbauer

Striving and Surviving

A Daily Life Analysis of Honduran Transnational Families

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Published: 12th October 2005
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Sociologists and anthropologists have focused considerable attention on contemporary transnational flows of capital, labor and culture, as well as on the ways in which communities create and maintain transnational ties. However very few have studied the specific role of the family in transnational processes and fewer still have looked at how families actually function in a transnational space. In this book, Schmalzbauer addresses this gap in the literature by investigating how transnationalism works as a survival strategy in which families use the difference in living costs between Honduras and the United States to support household consumption. Drawing on data the author gathered in Honduras and the United States from weekly time diaries, in-depth interviews, participant observation and interpretive focus groups, she looks specifically at the experience and prospects of transmigrant labor in the United States; the aspirations and consumption practices of transnational family members in the United States and Honduras, especially as the relate to the American Dream; and she explores the ways in which families negotiate caretaking responsibilities, both financial and emotional, while striving and surviving in a transnational space. This is the first daily life study of undocumented immigrants and the first transnational analysis of Honduran families.

Introduction : transnational families and daily lifep. 1
Surviving in the margins, struggling to move upp. 19
Strategies and challenges of transnational carep. 49
A week in the lifep. 75
Transamerican dreamsp. 91
Conclusion : Para Seguir Adelante, to continue moving forwardp. 111
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ISBN: 9780415975933
ISBN-10: 041597593X
Series: New Approaches in Sociology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 142
Published: 12th October 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1