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Migraciones internacionales

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GENDREAU, Mónica  and  GIMENEZ, Gilberto. La migración internacional desde una perspectiva sociocultural: estudio en comunidades tradicionales del centro de México. Migr. Inter [online]. 2002, vol.1, n.2, pp.147-180. ISSN 2594-0279.

The article presents results of research done in Valle de Atlixco, Puebla, from 1997 through 1999. The study's central objective was to understand the effects of international migration on traditional identities in rural Mexico. The study was based on a multi-methodological approach (survey interviews in five municipios and in-depth interviews and ethnographic work at four locations). The results show the dimensions (breadth, intensity, and motivational structure) of the sentiments of socio-territoriality, expressed through two elements, "blood and land." International migration, far from diluting or dismembering communities, is favoring the revitalization of a sense of belonging to a community and a place. This region is initiating a process of modernization against a tradition of cultural and social resistance (based on deep bonds with the land) at the same time that the insertion of its members into the New York labor market favors the dynamization and generation of new development possibilities.

Keywords : international migration; identity; cultural anthropology; Valle de Atlixco; Puebla.

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