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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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The Remittance House

The Remittance House

Dream Homes at a Distance

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The Remittance Landscape

Sarah Lynn Lopez

University of Chicago Press

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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