Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence
Book by Susan Bibler Coutin, University of Oxford
Reviewed by Sonja Wolf, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City
Sonja Wolf of the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City, reviews Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence, by Susan Bibler Coutin. Coutin recounts the experiences of Salvadoran children who migrated with their families to the United States during the 1980–1992 civil war. Because of their youth and the violence they left behind, as well as their uncertain legal status in the United States, many grew up with distant memories of El Salvador and a profound sense of disjuncture in their adopted homeland. Through interviews in both countries, she examines how they sought to understand and overcome the trauma of war and displacement through such strategies as recording community histories, advocating for undocumented immigrants, forging new relationships with the Salvadoran state, and, for those deported from the United States, reconstructing their lives in El Salvador.
Read the book review at https://doi.org/10.1111/imre.12318