Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network – Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz

Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network looks at the lives of undocumented immigrants who work as busboys at a Chicago-area restaurant. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz introduces readers to the Lions, a group of friends from Mexico committed to improving their fortunes and the lives of their families. Set in and around “Il Vino,” a restaurant that could stand in for many places that employ undocumented workers, Labor and Legality reveals the faces behind the war being waged over “illegal aliens” in America.

The Lions are neither desperately poor nor particularly lonely. They have as many joyous moments as sorrowful ones. Their lives are not simplistic, and they are neither heroes, nor martyrs, nor criminals. Gomberg-Muñoz focuses on how these undocumented workers develop a wide range of social strategies to cultivate financial security, nurture emotional well-being, and promote their dignity and self-esteem. She also reviews the political and historical circumstances of undocumented migration, with an emphasis on post-1970 socioeconomic and political conditions in the United States and Mexico.

Labor and Legality is a volume in the Issues of Globalization: Case Studies in Contemporary Anthropology series, which examines the experiences of individual communities in our contemporary world. Each volume offers a brief and engaging exploration of a particular issue arising from globalization and its cultural, political, and economic effects on certain peoples or groups. Ideal for introductory anthropology courses–and as supplements for a variety of upper-level courses–these texts seamlessly combine portraits of an interconnected and globalized world with narratives that emphasize the agency of their subjects.

-from the back cover

Available at the Cervantes Institute Library at Chicago/ Disponible en la biblioteca del Instituto Cervantes de Chicago: http://absysnet.cervantes.es/abnetopac02/abnetcl.exe?ACC=DOSEARCH&xsqf99=@titn=570584

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