In an important new application of sociological theories, Nadia Y. Flores-Yeffal offers fresh insights into the ways in which social networks function among immigrants who arrive in the United States from Mexico without legal documentation. She asks and examines important questions about the commonalities and differences in networks for this group compared with other immigrants, and she identifies “trust” as a major component of networking among those who have little if any legal protection.
Revealing the complexities behind social networks of international migration, Migration-Trust Networks: Social Cohesion in Mexican US-Bound Emigration provides an empirical and theoretical analysis of how social networks of international migration operate in the transnational context. Further, the book clarifies how networking creates chain migration effects observable throughout history.
Flores-Yeffal’s study extends existing social network theories, providing a more detailed description of the social micro- and macrodynamics underlying the development and expansion of social networks used by undocumented Mexicans to migrate and integrate within the United States, with trust relationships as the basis of those networks. In addition, it incorporates a transnational approach in which the migrant’s place of origin, whether rural or urban, becomes an important variable. Migration-Trust Networks encapsulates the new realities of undocumented migration from Latin America and contributes to the academic discourse on international migration, advancing the study of social networks of migration and of social networks in general.
What Readers Are Saying:
"This book addresses a timely and important aspect of international migration, namely the conditions that generate social support and assistance between migrants. It fits squarely within an important vein of sociological research on networks and solidarity, as well as immigrant adaption."--Emilio A. Parrado, professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
"This important book complicates theories of migration and social networks for Mexican immigrants. . . Combining ethnographic and survey research with a review of relevant scholarship, the author provides a valuable framework . . . . Flores-Yeffal llustrates how such migration trust networks, where more established migrants assist with clothing, food, housing, money, and information, are crucial for undocumented migrants in particular, because they often lack institutional support or protection. . . as Flores-Yeffal explains, there is a pattern of 'risk pooling,' where those offered assistance are expected to eventually aid more recent immigrants. Advanced students of migration will appreciate this nuanced analysis and the author's engagement with established theories, and practitioners will find the policy recommendations offered in the concluding chapter particularly helpful."--Choice
"This is an important and timely topic of general interest to sociologists and is of special interest to immigration and migration specialists."--David P. Lindstrom, professor, Department of Sociology, Brown University
“This book makes a genuine contribution to the field of international migration by demonstrating the importance of community of origin in the regulation of social networks. Migration-Trust Networks offers a narrative that is especially powerful given the author’s personal connection to the story and the rich quotations included.”--Jacqueline Maria Hagan, Robert G. Parr Distinguished Term Professor, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Nadia Flores-Yeffal offers a brilliant analysis of migrant networks that unpacks the black box of social capital to reveal the interpersonal dynamics that spurred so much Mexican migration to the United States over the past two decades. It is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand immigration in the world today.”--Douglas S. Massey, professor of sociology, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and adjunct professor of sociology, University of Pennsylvania