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Yarris, Kristin Elizabeth

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Int'l Collaborative Research Grant
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Oregon, U. of
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Yarris, Dr. Kristin, U. Oregon, Eugene, OR; Mendoza, Dr. Juan, U. Sinaloa, Mazatlan, MX; and Castaneda, Dr. Heide, U. South Florida - To aid research on 'Transit Migration In Mexico's Ruta Pacifica: Analyzing The State, Civil Society, And Communities'

Preliminary abstract: This project is an international research and training collaboration between Kristin Elizabeth Yarris of the University of Oregon (USA) and Juan Manuel Mendoza Guerrero of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (Mexico). The project explores the impact of transit migration on the State, civil society, and communities along the 'Ruta Pacifica' (Pacific Route) of Central American migration North through Mexico. The research component of the project examines transit migration by focusing on practices, discourses, and relations between state institutions, civil society organizations, and local communities, including both the community of Central American migrants in transit through Sinaloa and local Sinaloan communities through which migrants pass. Theoretically, a focus on transit shifts migration studies' previous analytical emphasis on origins and destinations by contemplating migration as a truly transnational, transitional, and transitory phenomenon. Further, this project engages the study of a zone of transit as an opportunity to generate innovative anthropological theorizing about the relations between the State, non-state organizations, and local communities in relation to global migration. We are particularly interested in the ways encounters between migrants and the communities they pass through represent gestures of humanitarianism, either formal or informal. This project includes a training component, which consists of support for four graduate student field research assistants (two from U.S. partner institutions and two from the University of Sinaloa), who will be trained and mentored during the course of the project. In addition, the training component of the project includes the development and implementation of two graduate-level courses in anthropological theory and methods focused on migration studies at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa.