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The Remittance LandscapeSpaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA$
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Sarah Lynn Lopez

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226105130

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226202952.001.0001

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Remittance Space

Remittance Space

Buildings as Evidence of Social Change

(p.1) Introduction: Remittance Space
The Remittance Landscape

Sarah Lynn Lopez

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines remittances as an economic transaction and social practice that links macro demographic change and institutional policies with local, individual material and spatial practices. An overview of the scope and scale of remitting, as well as an examination of Manuel Gamio and Paul S. Taylor’s studies as historical antecedents of today’s remittance culture, provides context for “remittance space.” Ethnographic accounts of the social, spatial, and psychological conditions of migration and remitting also describe the inherent distances, ambivalences, and aspirations that migrants experience as they attempt to build a better life.

Keywords:   remittances space, transnational migration, remitting as a way of life, distance, ambivalence, aspirations, ethnography

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