Immigrants scarcely featured in the German sociology of the 1970s and 1980s.
They counted as a »marginal social group«, as a »special case«, not as actually
part of our society. In accounts of the social structure they merited at best a
couple of sentences, but more often were omitted entirely. For a long time, the
discussion of individualisation also remained captive to this restriction of the
field of vision; it also had its gaze firmly fixed on the mainstream society
Transnationality, Translocal Citizenship and
GenderRelations: Transformation of Rural
Community Organisation, Local Politics
and Development 1
Rural areas in developing countries are often seen as traditionalist, isolated and
backward. This is also the case in Mexican discourses on UIIderdevelopment.
Such preconceptions are aggravated where indigenous communities are con-
cerned. In such discourses, the region I am conducing research in, the Valle del
Mezquital/ has been the example par excellence of an