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American ValueMigrants, Money, and Meaning in El Salvador and the United States$
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David Pedersen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226653396

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922775.001.0001

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(p.261) Conclusion
American Value

David Pedersen

University of Chicago Press

This book has explored how and why certain dominant but highly partial accounts of life have formed and circulated across El Salvador and the United States, concealing the complete history from which they emerged, including other stories that are entirely at odds with theirs. Aside from these stories, it has considered value forms, discursive categories, doctrines, everyday practices, and patterns of social relations around the Intipucá–Washington DC connection. The book has shown how Intipucá and other rural regions of El Salvador have become modern as a result of migration and remittances out of Washington DC where Intipucá's farm workers and peasants had settled as “illegal” migrants to escape the civil war back in their homeland. It has also discussed El Salvador's systemic transition from coffee to cotton to labor-power as dominant exports and sources of national wealth in the twentieth century.

Keywords:   coffee, cotton, El Salvador, United States, social relations, Intipucá, Washington DC, migration, remittances, illegal migrants

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