Materialities of home
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Vista Hermosa in the south of Jalisco, Mexico is one pueblo among literally thousands worldwide undergoing accelerated built-environment change, due to endemic migration.2 The story of what will be called ‘the remittance landscape’ (a built environment in which the flow of dollars becomes the driving force behind both visible change and social and economic processes) is a story about migrantinitiated building projects as well as the transformation of migrant and nonmigrant subjectivities.3 The remittance landscape in Vista Hermosa is a landscape whose production speaks to the remaking of oneself and one’s pueblo in an era of transnational migration. Complex financing orchestrated by individuals, groups, and the Mexican government, is supporting a new public infrastructure in this once-‘provincial’ town.