Mexicans in Alaska

9781496203649: Hardback
Release Date: 1st July 2018

9781496205636: Paperback
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 / £50.00
Paperback / £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.


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