Mexicans in Alaska

9781496203649: Hardback
Release Date: 1st July 2018

9781496205636: Paperback
Release Date: 1st July 2018

9781496206480: PDF
Release Date: 1st July 2018

9781496206466: EPUB
Release Date: 1st July 2018

8 photographs, 1 illustration, 3 maps, 3 tables, index

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 300

Series Anthropology of Contemporary North America

UNP - Nebraska

Mexicans in Alaska

An Ethnography of Mobility, Place, and Transnational Life

Hardback / £52.00
Paperback / £24.99
PDF / £23.99
EPUB / £23.99

Mexicans in Alaska analyzes the mobility and experience of place of three generations of migrants who have been moving between Acuitzio del Canje, Michoacán, Mexico, and Anchorage, Alaska, since the 1950s. Based on Sara V. Komarnisky’s twelve months of ethnographic research at both sites and on more than ten years of engagement with the people in these locations, this book reveals that over time, Acuitzences have created a comprehensive sense of orientation within a transnational social field. Both locations and the common experience of mobility between them are essential for feeling “at home.” This migrant way of life requires the development of a transnational habitus as well as the skills, statuses, and knowledge required to live in both places. Komarnisky’s work presents a multigenerational and cross-continental understanding of the contemporary transnational experience.

Mexicans in Alaska examines how Acuitzences are living, working, and imagining their futures across North America and suggests that anthropologists look across borders to see how broader structural conditions operate both within and across national boundaries. Understanding the experiences of transnational migrants remains a critical goal of contemporary scholarship, and Komarnisky’s analysis of the complicated lives of three generations of migrants provides depth to the field.


List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acuitzences in Alaska
Introduction: Yes, There Are Mexicans in Alaska
1. Tracing Mexican Alaska: A Transnational Social Space
2. The Annual Migration of the Traveling Swallows: Shared Experiences of Mobility across North America
3. “My Grandfather Worked Here”: Three Generations of the Bravo Family in Alaska and Michoacán
4. “You Have to Get Used to It”: Living the North American Dream
5. The Stuff of Transnational Life: Suitcases Full of Mole, T-Shirts, Roosters, and Other Things That Move
6. “It Freezes the People Together”: Producing a Mexican Alaska
Conclusion: Freedom to Move

Sara V. Komarnisky is a postdoctoral fellow in history at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

“A solid contribution to social science scholarship. Its inclusion of three generations of migrants provides a nice depth of time not often found in ethnographic scholarship, and its focus on Alaska as part of ‘greater Mexico’ is a novel and important contribution to the scholarship on migration in the United States.”—Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz, associate professor of anthropology at Loyola University Chicago

Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz

Mexicans in Alaska enriches the study of migration through its lucid ethnography and theorizing. . . . By exploring the different dimensions of mobility across the continent in multigenerational networks, Mexicans in Alaska brings a new understanding to the social and material relations that extend between localities, not nations. An engaging ethnography.”—Lynn Stephen, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences and professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon

Lynn Stephen