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RUIZ JUAREZ, Carlos Ernesto. Social Reproduction Strategies. The Case of a Binational, Cross-Border and Transnational Family in the Mexico-Guatemala-United States Region. Región y sociedad [online]. 2019, vol.31, e1159. ISSN 2448-4849.

This article aims to analyze the social reproduction strategies of a binational, cross-border and transnational peasant family, whose labor trajectories have taken place in the Mexico-Guatemala-United States region. In this longitudinal study, non-participant observation techniques and in-depth interviews were used to identify the production of self-consumption, national and cross-border agricultural day laborers, pluriactivity and migration to the United States as the main strategies of social reproduction. According to the results, the characteristics of the family analyzed are presented regularly and in different generations in the majority of those living in the Talquián ejido, in Chiapas, which is why it was taken as a case study. This paper provides a qualitative analysis based on life stories. It follows that in border studies it is essential to take into account a cross-border view to explain the dynamics that occur on both sides of the geopolitical line between two countries.

Keywords : social reproduction; food production; day laborers; pluriactivity; migration; transnational family; Mexico-Guatemala border.

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