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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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PINEYRO NELSON, Carlos. Migration, Struggle for Housing and Socio-Political Transnationalism: The Case of Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio (Justice for de Barrio Movement). Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2014, vol.59, n.220, pp.317-348. ISSN 0185-1918.

Transnationalism is, within Mexican migration studies, the predominant perspective to explain collective action undertaken by Mexicans in the United States. It takes into account the Mexican "diaspora's" interest and political participation in their hometowns. This article challenges transnationalism's basic tenet and proposes, instead, the notion of socio-political transnationalism. Nevertheless, the article emphasizes on how migrants fist act collectively to improve their living conditions in the host societies, rather than organizing around their ties with their homeland. This kind of organizing does not imply indifference towards the situation in their country of origin. It does mean, however, that the transnational perspective falls into a second plane. To illustrate, we will depict the history of Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio, an immigrants' organization in the City of New York, principally Mexican based, and their struggle against the gentrifying attempts taking place in East Harlem. We will also look at their political vision and the links they have created with organizations in Mexico.

Keywords : migration; socio-political transnationalism; gentrification; Justicia del Barrio Movement.

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