"La Chulla Vida is a significant and challenging contribution to migrant studies. It not only provides an unusual and detailed case study within an Andean context, but by focusing on gender and family, also enlarges the terms of the dialogue and discussion of migration studies."—H-LatAm
"A timely account of contemporary transnational labor migration to New York City and its effects on sending communities in Andean Ecuador."—Journal of Anthropological Research
Chronicling the experience of young Andean families as their lives extend between Ecuadorian highlands and New York City, this book takes an in-depth look at transnational labor migration and gender identities. Jason Pribilsky offers an engrossing and sensitive account of the ways in which young men and women in these two locales navigate their lives, exploring the impact of gender, generation, and new forms of wealth in a single Andean community.
Migration has been a part of the Andes for centuries, yet the effects of transnational labor on the individuals and communities remain largely undocumented. Pribilsky draws upon firsthand observations of everyday lives to explore issues of consumption, transnational marriages, and the evolving roles of men and women. Pribilsky presents a study that is both engaging and challenging, a vital contribution to the fields of Latin American studies and immigration studies.
Jason Pribilsky is professor of anthropology and Chair of the Social Sciences. His research areas include medical anthropology, science studies, and the history of anthropology. He works in the Andean region of South American and the urban US.
6 x 9, 360 pages, 22 black and white illustrations, 2 maps