By Jennifer S. Hirsch
From approximately seven young ones in step with girl in 1960, the fertility cost in Mexico has dropped to approximately 2.6. Such alterations are a part of a bigger transformation explored during this ebook, a richly distinctive ethnographic learn of generational and migration-related redefinitions of gender, marriage, and sexuality in rural Mexico and between Mexicans in Atlanta.
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3). Almost half the students in nearby Cross Keys High School come from families that speak Spanish at home. Since the completion of the ﬁeldwork, several of the women interviewed have left these communities thick with recent immigrants for the plusher lawns of Norcross, moving into their own split-level suburban homes and, in one case, starting her own business. The other life history informants lived in trailer parks outside the Perimeter (the highway that encircles the city). Those from El Fuerte, Michoacán, lived in a trailer park in Conyers, about 25 miles east of Atlanta.
The question remained, though, of how the small and socially diverse group selected may differ from the larger community of Mexican immigrants in Atlanta or from Mexicans in western Mexico who have family in the United States. I dealt with this during the slow process of actually selecting a sending community with which to do the research. Informal Demography: Finding a Community and Selecting Life History Informants Atlanta’s four Latino soccer leagues played a key part in the original plan to ﬁnd a group of women.
The ideal would have been to work with a group of women whose husbands all play on the same regionally organized soccer team ( a local or “emic” deﬁnition of what it means to be from the same place). 87 While collecting the information that led to the selection of the research communities, I learned about diversity within the communities in ways that would be useful for selecting the individual informants in the second phase of the sampling. By the time the communities were selected, enough women had been interviewed so that I knew what “colors of marbles” should be included in the ﬁnal group of informants, in terms both of sociodemographic characteristics and of women’s own measures of power and autonomy.
A Courtship after Marriage: Sexuality and Love in Mexican Transnational Families by Jennifer S. Hirsch