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Review ?[It] is an anthology of papers by expert scholars discussing how Mexican and Mexican-origin families living in the transnational space of the U.S.-Mexico border. Analyzing demographic, historic, economic, political and public policy factors, [it] is an astute and balanced close study that especially highlights the challenges faced by women, who increasingly work outside the home, whether married or not, and migrant children, who are at high risk for dropping out of school on either side of the border.???Wisconsin Bookwatch?Scholars from Texas, California, and Arizona bring perspectives both of women and social sciences to bear on how conditions, opportunities, and constraints of the late 20th and early 21st centuries have changed families on both sides of the border.? ?Book News Read more From the Publisher 'This is an excellent and highly coherent collection of papers dealing with the impact on Mexican and Mexican origin families of living in the transnational space of the U.S.-Mexico border. It is particularly useful because of its exceptional range of perspectives, combining demography, history, ethnography and public policy analysis. Census and survey data from the U.S. and Mexico, life histories, cross-border social and economic relationships, and the perceptions of border residents bring out in rich detail the complex interdependence of both sides of the border. There are valuable accounts of the ways in which women and youth are socialized into transnational identities on both sides of the borders through family and community rituals and even through the teaching of English in Mexico. The focus on families brings out graphically the particular challenges of poverty and migration for women, who increasingly work outside the home even when married and for migrant children who are vulnerable to school drop-out on both sides of the border.' -- Bryan R. Roberts, C.B. Smith Sr. Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations, University of Texas at Austin Read more See all Editorial Reviews