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By Maria Luisa Amado

Amado examines the task looking ideas of modern Mexican immigrants in Atlanta. She explores the assets on hand to activity seekers inside of and out of doors their immigrant networks and the function of kinship in the course of migration and cost. powerful ties are basic assets of help and activity info for brand spanking new arrivals. Ties of kinship and paisanaje are powerful paintings hyperlinks between male employees excited by dense occupational networks of fellow immigrants. this is often very true between casual employees in industries that depend on considerable migrant hard work. girls are much less prone to make the most of those connections as a result of exertions marketplace and community segregation alongside gender traces.

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I received more rejections from females than males and, in general, female immigrants tended to express more doubts about their participation in the study. After having completed several interviews and become familiar with the immigrants’ experiences, I attributed this pattern to men’s greater mobility relative to women and their familiarity with people outside their personal networks. As the coming chapters will illustrate, men were more likely than women to move between cities and across states, depending on employment opportunities.

In contrast to the men in the community, who live and work side by side, pool rides to work, and meet for soccer matches on weekends, the women typically work alone from Monday through Saturday in their employers’ households (Hagan 1994: 61). Consequently, Hagan concludes that, over time, men’s networks tend to expand whereas women’s networks tend to contract. Expanding male networks allow Maya men to draw more economic benefits and stability than Maya women gain from their own female networks.

Boyd (1989) introduces an important variable in this debate, which further explains the relevance of dense co-ethnic networks and the conditions that strengthen the role of strong ties amongst immigrant workers, namely the policies of receiving countries regarding immigration and permanent settlement of foreign workers. She asserts that the development, operation, and functions of co-ethnic networks depend on and are shaped by such policies: In countries which view immigrants as marginal and temporary, other characterizations regarding the content and development of networks may exist.

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