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Beyond the BorderlandsMigration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico$
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Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269583

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269583.001.0001

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“I Give Thanks to God, After That, the United States”

“I Give Thanks to God, After That, the United States”

Everyday Life in Textitlán

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Beyond the Borderlands

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

University of California Press

This chapter explores everyday life in Textitlán, outlining the history of the pueblo and the emergence of its prosperous garment industry, also exploring the relationships of Textitlán's residents in relation to the United States and the social relationships between migrating and non-migrating neighbors. It specifically examines the day-to-day cultural practices that make this town “home” for Mexicans. The families presented wanted their children to have the best opportunities possible, regardless of their gender. Textitlán's garment industry is ideally suited to the lifestyles of migrating families. Day-to-day living in Textitlán was peaceful and slow paced. Textitlán's long history of migration and return has influenced the local economy significantly. Migrating families are significantly more likely to own their own homes than those who have never migrated. Data show the positive impact of migration on the economic lives of Textitlanecos.

Keywords:   Textitlán, pueblo, garment industry, United States, cultural practices, Mexicans, migration

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