Nations of Emigrants: Shifting Boundaries of Citizenship in El Salvador and the United States

2.67 avg rating
( 3 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780801473968: Nations of Emigrants: Shifting Boundaries of Citizenship in El Salvador and the United States
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The violence and economic devastation of the 1980–1992 civil war in El Salvador drove as many as one million Salvadorans to enter the United States, frequently without authorization. In Nations of Emigrants, the legal anthropologist Susan Bibler Coutin analyzes the case of emigration from El Salvador to the United States to consider how current forms of migration challenge conventional understandings of borders, citizenship, and migration itself. Interviews with policymakers and activists in El Salvador and the United States are juxtaposed with Salvadoran emigrants' accounts of their journeys to the United States, their lives in this country, and, in some cases, their removal to El Salvador. These interviews and accounts illustrate the dilemmas that migration creates for nation-states as well as the difficulties for individuals who must live simultaneously within and outside the legal systems of two countries.

During the 1980s, U.S. officials generally regarded these migrants as economic immigrants who deserved to be deported, rather than as political refugees who merited asylum. By the 1990s, these Salvadorans were made eligible for legal permanent residency, at least in part due to the lives that they had created in the United States. Remarkably, this redefinition occurred during a period when more restrictive immigration policies were being adopted by the U.S. government. At the same time, Salvadorans in the United States, who send relatives more than $3 billion in remittances annually, have become a focus of policymaking in El Salvador and are considered key to its future.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Susan Bibler Coutin is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, School of Social Ecology, at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Legalizing Moves: Salvadoran Immigrants' Struggle for U.S. Residency and The Culture of Protest: Religious Activism and the U.S. Sanctuary Movement.

Review:

"Nations of Emigrants moves beyond studies of the experience of migration and the struggle for citizenship; instead, its aim is to rethink the nation itself. Focusing on El Salvador and the United States, Susan Coutin calls attention to the complex and shifting ways that nations are constituted through the movement of subjects and objects that cannot be fully contained within their borders.... Migrants appear not as immigrants who seek to settle and assimilate into a 'different' culture, but rather as emigrants defined by multidirectional movement and residence in multiple spaces simultaneously. This innovative analytical point of departure, buttressed by Coutin's rigorous methodology and original ethnographic approach, provide an important contribution to current studies of nationhood and migration."

(American Ethnologist)

"Susan Bibler Coutin has done an excellent job of capturing what it means to be Salvadoran, both in El Salvador and in the United States as well as transnationally. Having grown up Salvadoran in the United States, this book resonated with my personal life experiences; chronicling many of the challenges that my community, friends, family, and I personally have had to face and continue to confront. Throughout the book, the author weaves together different strands of Salvadoran reality in a way that covers vast dimensions of Salvadorans' lived experiences. While she does this through the lens of emigrants' lives and struggles, she does so in a way that connects the Salvadoran experience to issues of relevance to scholars of U.S. foreign policy, comparative politics (revolution and civil war), Latino politics (political incorporation and political engagement), and contentious politics (solidarity and sanctuary movements).... Coutin has written a brilliant ethnographic study rich with Salvadorans' personal accounts of their political reality and in their own voices. But the book is also valuable for the insights it offers for the study of other emigrant communities with significant undocumented populations."

(Political Science Quarterly)

"A comprehensive review of the multiple and often contradictory effects of migration between El Salvador and the US.... Its greatest strength is in synthesizing empirical data, legal histories, and ethnographic portraits."

(Choice)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780801445743: Nations of Emigrants: Shifting Boundaries of Citizenship in El Salvador and the United States

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0801445744 ISBN 13: 9780801445743
Publisher: Cornell University Press, 2007
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Susan Bibler Coutin
Published by Cornell University Press
ISBN 10: 0801473969 ISBN 13: 9780801473968
New Softcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:

Book Description Cornell University Press. Condition: New. Fine. Paperback. 2007. Originally published at $21.95. Seller Inventory # W66212b

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 3.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Coutin, Susan Bibler
Published by Cornell University Press (2007)
ISBN 10: 0801473969 ISBN 13: 9780801473968
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Cornell University Press, 2007. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0801473969_abe_bn

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Coutin, Susan Bibler
Published by Cornell University Press (2007)
ISBN 10: 0801473969 ISBN 13: 9780801473968
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description Cornell University Press, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0801473969

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.26
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.78
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

COUTIN
Published by Cornell Univ Press
ISBN 10: 0801473969 ISBN 13: 9780801473968
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:

Book Description Cornell Univ Press. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 3943649

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Susan Bibler Coutin
Published by Cornell University Press 2007-09-10, Ithaca, N.Y. :|Bristol (2007)
ISBN 10: 0801473969 ISBN 13: 9780801473968
New paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description Cornell University Press 2007-09-10, Ithaca, N.Y. :|Bristol, 2007. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780801473968

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.12
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.11
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

6.

Coutin, Susan Bibler
Published by Cornell University Press 9/13/2007 (2007)
ISBN 10: 0801473969 ISBN 13: 9780801473968
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Cornell University Press 9/13/2007, 2007. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Nations of Emigrants: Shifting Boundaries of Citizenship in El Salvador and the United States. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780801473968

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Susan Bibler Coutin
Published by Cornell University Press (2007)
ISBN 10: 0801473969 ISBN 13: 9780801473968
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Cornell University Press, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0801473969

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.69
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Susan Bibler Coutin
Published by Cornell University Press
ISBN 10: 0801473969 ISBN 13: 9780801473968
New Paperback / softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)

Book Description Cornell University Press. Paperback / softback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780801473968

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 13.40
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Coutin, Susan Bibler
Published by Cornell University Press
ISBN 10: 0801473969 ISBN 13: 9780801473968
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)

Book Description Cornell University Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0801473969 Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9780801473968

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.38
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.99
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Susan Bibler Coutin
Published by Cornell University Press 2007-09-13 (2007)
ISBN 10: 0801473969 ISBN 13: 9780801473968
New Paperback Quantity Available: 20
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)

Book Description Cornell University Press 2007-09-13, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 6666-ING-9780801473968

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.19
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 17.57
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book