Migrant Longing, Courtship, and Gendered Identity across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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Drawing on a cache of letters written between Jose Chavez and Maria Concepcion “Conchita” Alvarado–the authors’ parents–in the 1960s, this article explores the world of a male migrant farm-worker seeking love and companionship. It argues that, more than beasts of burden in the post-industrial, agricultural capitalist machine, migrants such as Jose sought fulfillment economically, emotionally, personally, romantically, and sexually.


Borderlands Migration/Migrant

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Miroslava Chávez-García

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