'Marriage After Migration': Book Highlights The Women Who Stay In Mexico While Their Husbands Work In The U.S.

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 12:50pm
Updated: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 8:57am

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Nora Haenn
Nora Haenn and her book, "Marriage After Migration."

When NAFTA took effect in 1994, it changed everything for many of the people living in rural Mexico.

Young men began leaving for the U.S. where they could make more money in a few months than they could at home in a year. The story of their journeys has been told many times in the years since, but what about the women they left behind?

Nora Haenn is a cultural anthropologist at North Carolina State University and her new book highlights some of those women’s stories. It’s called "Marriage after Migration: An Ethnography of Money, Romance, and Gender in Globalizing Mexico."

The Show spoke with her about why she took this approach to such a broad and controversial issue.

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