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The American dream in a transnational migratory circuit

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Alfredo Sánchez Carballo

Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, MX
About Alfredo
Alfredo Sánchez Carballo is PhD in Social Sciences by the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO, México. He has written on  immigration, poverty, social capital and vulnerable groups. He is currently working on a documentary on the lifes of migrants in the northern border of Mexico.
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The objective of this article is to explore how the idea of the American dream affects the discourse, relationships and imaginaries of the members of an emerging migratory circuit with transnational characteristics. Transnational social imaginary is proposed as the analytical tool constructed from social imaginaries and  transnationalism in order to investigate the social imaginary meanings of the participants. Using a qualitative methodology, interviews and observations were conducted in Kansas (United States) and in Tres Valles (Mexico). One of the conclusions is that the idea of the American dream has been built from the experiences of the emigrants, encouraging the flow of people to the north. Nevertheless, the idea of the American dream is increasingly being questioned as the migrants realized that achieving this dream is not as simple as they had imagined.

Resumen: El sueño americano en un circuito migratorio transnacional
El objetivo de este artículo es explorar cómo la idea del sueño americano afecta el discurso, las relaciones y los imaginarios de los miembros de un circuito migratorio emergente con características transnacionales. El imaginario social transnacional se propone como la herramienta analítica construida a partir de imaginarios sociales y transnacionalismo para investigar los significados imaginarios sociales de los participantes. Al presentar una metodología cualitativa se realizaron entrevistas y observaciones en Kansas (Estados Unidos) y en Tres Valles (México). Una de las conclusiones es que la idea del sueño americano se ha construido a partir de las experiencias de los emigrantes, alentando el flujo de personas hacia el norte. Sin embargo, la idea del sueño americano se cuestiona cada vez más a medida que los migrantes se dan cuenta de que lograr este sueño no es tan simple como habían imaginado.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32992/erlacs.10461
How to Cite: Sánchez Carballo, A. (2019). The American dream in a transnational migratory circuit. European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, (108), 21–41. DOI: http://doi.org/10.32992/erlacs.10461
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Published on 01 Oct 2019.
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