The Transnational "Good Life": Ecuadorian Social Clubs as Spaces of Resistance Public Deposited

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  • Hall, Laura Jean
  • The Transnational “Good Life” is an ethnographic study of the founding and maintenance of social organizations by emigrants from Ecuador in politically contested U.S. public spaces. By following in the footsteps of W. E. B. Du Bois who coined the term “double consciousness,” this book posits that racialization, an inherent characteristic of Global Apartheid, uniquely influenced the construction of complex Ecuadorian migrant identities in the U.S. The thematic focus is on the intersection of the empowerment produced in the social clubs with the desire of individual members to acquire the American Dream and the good life. This is an “anthropology of the good,” which brings to the forefront the lived experiences of immigrants claiming a high level of pre-migratory preparedness and success in the U.S. The Transnational “Good Life” is an analysis of evolving relationships within and outside the loosely connected network of Ecuadorian social clubs in the unique cultural milieus of Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City.
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  • Studies in Latin America
  • Institute for the Study of the Americas
  • 9781469662510
  • English

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