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The Other Side of the Fence: American Migrants in Mexico Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Author of Imagining Miami and Globalization and Belonging, SHEILA CROUCHER is the Paul Rejai Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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  • File Size: 3482 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (October 15, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E0Z4U8
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo A. Mellander, Ph.D., D.H.L. on September 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Hardly a week goes by that doesn't include news stories of migrants entering the country from Mexico. Most come seeking work and fleeing poverty.

Until those conditions change, the odds are that northerly migration will not cease. Buffeted by economic and political realities it may vary from decade to decade but it will not cease in our lifetimes.

This book is not about that. Instead it addresses another migratory pattern: the growing number of Americans, many retirees, who are moving across the border to enchanting Mexico. Its beach resorts, border towns, and picturesque heartland are all serving as magnets. These migrants of privilege obviously are very different from those who come to America. Invariably well to do, they are not fleeing their homeland for financial reasons. They are also fully cognizant they can return home whenever they wish.

Yet, although both sets of migrants are very different, they do share certain characteristics. Both tend to live in nationalistic enclaves, they are slow to learn the native language and thus normally communicate in their own native tongue. Native foods and customs are quaint - to be enjoyed - but not fully adopted. They consider themselves outsiders, are frequently treated as such and in short do not fully integrate into the host society.

Americans in Mexico, for example, continue to celebrate purely American holidays such as Thanksgiving, Veterans Day and of course, the Fourth of July. Many stores carry America products such as specialty granolas and Silk brand soy milk. In many townships English language newspapers have sprung forth and communal social clubs keep the ties to home alive.

Integration moves along easily enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen on August 9, 2012
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As an American retiree who has permanently migrated to Mexico (yet retains a US address), I was dismayed by the unflattering picture the author paints of my peers. And yet, I am forced to acknowledge that her perceptions are, for the most part, accurate. Although her study focuses on the affluent and privileged immigrants who have chosen to settle in two of the most popular gringo enclaves, San Miguel and Chapala, I could even see myself in some of her observations.

Having lived here for six years now, I have come to realize that everyone comes here for a different reason, and that I was wrong to assume that all of the expats we know share our own motivations. We are enchanted by Mexico, and remain so. Our early expectations were unrealistic and idealistic, but they have been replaced by solid respect, wonderment and gratitude to the country that has welcomed us so warmly and, for the most part, unconditionally.

I cannot help but wonder if this book was originally written as a PhD dissertation, because parts of it are clearly aimed for an academic audience. Other parts are largely anecdotal and make interesting reading. As a book, however, it fails to hold together well and is curiously repetitive, as if it has been cut and pasted from other documents.

Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile read for those of us who have made the decision to leave the US and reside in another country, and it is particularly useful as a stimulus to examine our own lives and our motives for making this decision.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2013
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As an American migrant in Mexico (but not in the two cities described), I really enjoyed this book--so much so that I wrote a long email to the author (to which I got an immediate reply) updating her on cost of living changes and other comments. The book is extremely well-written and well documented, but in most cases life in Mexico is not as cheap as described. It is very thought provoking and made me consider why most of us living here consider ourselves "expats" rather than "migrants". It also made me consider the differences between most Mexican migrants to the US and the American "priviledged" migrants to Mexico and made me think of the many ways in which the 1 million Americans now living in Mexico have both positively and negatively impacted life for our Mexican hosts. We all talk about the negative way Mexican migrants to the US have, "harmed" our country (I strongly disagree) but little is said about the opposite effect on Mexico the increase of American migration to Mexico has impacted that country. A really thought provoking book!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Bower on January 6, 2011
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This book is for anyone living in Mexico or planning on living in Mexico. It examines the truth behind the Gringolandias of Mexico and just what the groups are composed of, how they work, and what to expect if you move there. Don't make a move to Mexico for retirement, work, play, or just hanging out until you read this book.

Doug Bower (author)
The Plain Truth About Living in Mexico
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