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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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In the Shadows and Out

In the Shadows and Out

Mexican Kennett Square

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(p.91) Four In the Shadows and Out
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Beyond the Borderlands
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Debra Lattanzi Shutika

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520269583.003.0004

This chapter provides an in-depth examination of the daily life of Mexicans in Kennett Square and the emerging sense of place. It also determines three distinct periods of Mexican emplacement and belonging: Early Settlement and the Evolution of the New Destination (1994–1998), Being and Belonging (1999–2000), and Adaptation and Incorporation (2001–2005). The importance of belonging extends beyond discussions of migration, globalization, and the role of the state. In the mid-1990s, most Mexican women structured their spatial worlds within their homes in Kennett Square, even when those homes were cramped and claustrophobic. The degree of incorporation experienced by Mexican families in Kennett Square shifted noticeably between 1995 and 2000. Perceptions of belonging shaped the broader Mexican understanding of Mexicans' place in Kennett Square's community and similarly influenced their interpretations of how much freedom they had to express themselves.

Keywords:   Mexicans, Kennett Square, Mexican emplacement, Mexican belonging, incorporation, early settlement, adaptation

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