Children of Nafta Labor Wars on the U. S. /Mexico Border

ISBN-10: 0520244729

ISBN-13: 9780520244726

Edition: 2004

Authors: David Bacon
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Description: Food, televisions, computer equipment, plumbing supplies, clothing. Much of the material foundation of our everyday lives is produced along the U.S./Mexico border in a world largely hidden from our view. Based on gripping firsthand accounts, this book investigates the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on those who labor in the agricultural fields and maquiladora factories on the border. Journalist David Bacon paints a powerful portrait of poverty, repression, and struggle, offering a devastating critique of NAFTA in the most pointed and in-depth examination of border workers published to date. Unlike journalists who have made brief excursions into strawberry fields and maquiladoras, Bacon has more than a decade's experience reporting on the ground at the border, and he has developed sustained relationships with scores of workers and organizers who have entrusted him with their stories. He describes harsh conditions of child labor in the Mexicali Valley, the deplorable housing outside factories in cities such as Tijuana, and corporate retaliation faced by union organizers. He finds that, despite the promises of its backers, NAFTA has locked in a harsh neoliberal economic policy that has swept away laws and protections that Mexican workers had established over decades. More than a showcase for NAFTA's victims, this book traces the emergence of a new social consciousness, telling how workers in Mexico, the United States, and Canada are now beginning to join together in a powerful new strategy of cross-border organizing as they search for economic and social justice.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/13/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction
Grapes and Green Onions
Putting Solidarity on the Table
Tijuana's Maquiladora Workers
Han Young
Build a House, Go to Jail
The Strategic Alliance
Duro Means Hard
Mexico's Wars over Privatization
Transplanted Expectations
The World of the Border Has Changed
Epilogue: The Confrontation to Come
Index
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