[URBANTH-L]References Request--MX-US Migration

Cathy Stanton cstanton at tiac.net
Fri Dec 19 13:56:57 EST 2008

Ted Conover's "Coyotes" is a very good journalistic account of  
Mexican migrant workers in the U.S.  I've used it quite successfully  
in introductory anthro classes.

Cathy Stanton

Cathy Stanton, Ph.D.
Ethnographer and Public History Consultant
Adjunct Faculty, B.A. in Liberal Studies/Union Institute & University
1139 Chestnut Street
Athol, MA 01331-2932
cstanton at tiac.net

On Dec 19, 2008, at 12:23 PM, Hilary Dick wrote:

> Dear Colleagues:
> I am writing to ask for suggestions on non-social science readings on
> Mexico-US migration. These suggestions are for an interdisciplinary
> course in the humanities I will teach this spring.
> My syllabus already covers the key anthropological and sociological
> literature on Mexico-US migration, but I need to include more
> "humanistic" readings. Unfortunately, I am not as familiar as I would
> like with the literature on Mexico-US migration in the humanities, so
> any recommendations on readings from literature, cultural studies, and
> so on—including novels and poetry—are most welcome. Also, if you have
> any favorite movies to recommend, I am interested in that as well. For
> your information, I have included a brief course description after my
> signature.
> Thank you for your time and help—and Happy Holidays.
> Yours Sincerely,
> Hilary Parsons Dick, PhD
> Humanities Fellow, 2008-2009
> Center for the Humanities
> Temple University
> http://www.temple.edu/humanities/
> hdick at temple.edu
> Phone - 215-204-6386
> Fax - 215-204-8371
> COURSE TITLE--Words of Passage: Interpreting Mexico-US Migration
> Using the tools of narrative and discourse analysis, this course will
> examine the motifs, themes, and ideological frameworks that recur in
> discussions and representations of Mexico-US migration. In so doing,
> the course will examine images and ideas about migration found not
> only in scholarship, but also in non-fiction essays, novels, poetry,
> visual art, the news, and movies. These materials are selected in
> order to make the experiences of migrants palpable. As part of this,
> the course will consider some of the major economic and political
> factors that shape migration patterns, placing contemporary Mexico-US
> migration in its historical context. It will also investigate the
> socio-cultural beliefs and practices inform migration processes.
> Finally, it will use art and literature that captures the affective,
> psychological, and spiritual aspects of migration to convey the
> traumas and exhilarations that accompany it.
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