Research Interests

As a social anthropologist, I have developed two fundamental lines of study, one being social movements, and the other population movements. My initial interest in political anthropology and social history, which correspond to a first stage of my work, has had a decisive influence on the central thyme of my research since 1982, which is international migration with an interdisciplinary focus. I have collaborated with demographists and sociologists on the Mexican Migration Project, and the Latin American Migration Project. Threw these research projects it has been possible to create a reliable and public data base which supports the principal findings, discussions, and conclusions drawn from them. My research on Mexican migration has led to: the identification and definition of stages of process; the relevance of social networks; the initiation of discussions on the use and impact of currency; the profile sketch of Mexican migrants at different moments threw the Twentieth Century; the analysis of change and continuity in the origins and destinations of migrants; the comparison of urban and rural migration; the discovery, description, and explanation of the migration phase which started from 1987; the analysis of the migration policies of United States and Mexico threw time.

Membership Type

International Member

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Primary Section

Section 53: Social and Political Sciences

Secondary Section

Section 51: Anthropology