Identity and Democracy: Linking Individual and Social Reasoning

Davis, John B., and Regina Marin Solange (2007). "Identity and Democracy: Linking Individual and Social Reasoning" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.

The following essay provides a brief historical and contemporary overview of the role of international migration and remittances and their social, economic and cultural effects on the relatively large and highly poor Mayan-speaking indigenous population of Guatemala. I attempt to highlight some of the concerns that the members of Mayan migrant Home Town Associations (HTA) here in the United States have for helping to promote the economic and social development of their home communities in Guatemala. I also briefly describe, in the conclusion to this essay, some of the current problems that these Mayan migrants from Guatemala, as well as indigenous Mayan migrants from Mexico, currently face in terms of gaining legal recognition and not being systematically deported or kept from seeking employment here in the United States.
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