In Search of Providence
Transnational Mayan Identities, Updated Edition
And yet one of the most significant drivers of continued emigration today, ironically, is the very culture of migration (described in the book) that has accelerated social change within many Indigenous communities, setting in motion a complex series of economic and cultural shifts that have compelled a continuous movement of people and generations to the US. Reading this story in 2020—at a time of massive growth in flows of irregular migrations around the world—can help us better understand the highly complex set of factors that propel long-term migrations and that shape transnational communities on both sides of the border.
In Search of Providence offers a layered, historically grounded perspective that speaks to the local specificity behind the migration experience in order to point to the universal themes and contradictions of contemporary global displacements.
Preface to the New Edition
Preface: One Foot Here, One Foot There
1 Entering the Field
2 Mayan Identities through History
3 The K’iche’ of Xinxuc
4 La Costa del Norte
Transnational Social Practices
5 A Dialogue on Indianness
Maya or Mojado?
6 Memory and Guilt
Three Transnational K’iche’ Families