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The Remittance House

The Remittance House

Dream Homes at a Distance

Chapter:
(p.35) 1 The Remittance House
Source:
The Remittance Landscape
Author(s):
Sarah Lynn Lopez
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226202952.003.0002

This chapter examines how the rise of the “remittance house” changes transnational migrant dwelling practices, rural construction markets, and long-distance architectural practices. A study of the remittance house as envisioned, as built, and as inhabited or experienced in the state of Jalisco reveals a disjuncture between the remittance house as a utopian ideal and as a reality. Formal analysis of building plans, material studies of finishes, and building assemblies and furnishings are paired with ethnographic and familial histories to understand the intentions of builders, and the long-term effects of projects.

Keywords:   remittance house, dwelling, transnational, architecture, remitting

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