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Latino Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 28–54 | Cite as

From national to topophilic attachments: Continuities and changes in Chicago's Mexican migrant organizations

  • Xóchitl Bada
Original Article

Abstract

The study of early transnational connections between Chicago-based Mexican organizations and the Mexican government is important for understanding the roots of contemporary practices of civic binationality in the city of Chicago. This article presents a historical analysis of Mexican migrant organizations in the city of Chicago and the metropolitan area to understand continuities, similarities and differences between contemporary Mexican hometown associations and early-twentieth-century organizations. Using original archival sources to map the historical evolution of Mexican migrant organizations, the article demonstrates that contemporary Mexican hometown associations established in the 1980s are not an entirely new phenomenon. While every migratory wave had its unique transnational characteristics, early-migrant organizations engaged in transnational practices with the Mexican state through the consulate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; neither established working collaborations with state governments and municipalities nor used topophilic identities as organizing banners.

Keywords

Mexican migrant organizations civic binationality Chicago's history topophilic identities hometown associations transnational practices 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xóchitl Bada
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Illinois at Chicago

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