Women and Migration in the U. S. -Mexico Borderlands A Reader

ISBN-10: 0822341182

ISBN-13: 9780822341185

Edition: 2007

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Women's migration within Mexico and from Mexico to the United States is increasing; nearly as many women as men are migrating. This development gives rise to new social negotiations, which have not been well examined in migration studies until now. This pathbreaking reader analyzes how economically and politically displaced migrant women assert agency in everyday life. Scholars across diverse disciplines interrogate the socioeconomic forces that propel Mexican women into the migrant stream and shape their employment options; the changes that these women are making in homes, families, and communities; and the "structural violence" that they confront in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands broadly conceived--all within the economic, social, cultural, and political interstices of the two countries. This reader includes twenty-three essays--two of which are translated from the Spanish--that illuminate women's engagement with diverse social and cultural challenges. One contributor critiques the statistical fallacy of nativist discourses within the United States that portray Chicana and Mexican women's fertility rates as "out of control." Other contributors explore the relation between sexual violence and women's migration from rural areas to urban centers within Mexico, the ways that undocumented migrant communities challenge conventional notions of citizenship, and young Latinas' commemorations of the late, internationally renowned singer Selena. Several essays address workplace intimidation and violence, harassment and rape by U.S. border patrol agents and "maquiladora" managers, sexual violence, and the brutal murders of nearly two hundred young women near Ciudad Juarez. This rich collectionhighlights both the structural inequities faced by Mexican women in the borderlands and the creative ways they have responded to them. "Contributors," Ernestine Avila, Xochitl Castaneda, Sylvia Chant, Leo R. Chavez, Cynthia Cranford, Adelaida R. Del Castillo, Sylvanna M. Falcon, Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez, Maria de la Luz Ibarra, Jonathan Xavier Inda, Rosa Linda Fregoso, Jennifer S. Hirsch, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Eithne Luibheid, Victoria Malkin, Faranak Miraftab, Olga Najera-Ramirez, Norma Ojeda de la Pena, Deborah Paredez, Leslie Salzinger, Felicity Schaeffer-Grabiel, Denise A. Segura, Laura Velasco Ortiz, Melissa W. Wright, Patricia Zavella
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 616
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

About the Series
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Borderlands as Sites of Struggle
Toward a Planetary Civil Society
A Glass Half Empty: Latina Reproduction and Public Discourse
Illegal Status and Social Citizenship: Thoughts on Mexican Immigrants in a Postnational World
"Looking Like a Lesbian": The Organization of Sexual Monitoring at the United States-Mexican Border
The Value of Immigrant Life
The Topography of Violence
Manufacturing Sexual Subjects: "Harassment," Desire, and Discipline on a Maquiladora Shopfloor
The Dialectics of Still Life: Murder, Women, and Maquiladoras
Rape as a Weapon of War: Militarized Rape at the U.S.-Mexico Border
"Nunca he dejado de tener terror": Sexual Violence in the Lives of Mexican Immigrant Women
Flexible Accumulation and Resistance
Changing Constructions of Sexuality and Risk: Migrant Mexican Women Farmworkers in California
Space, Gender, and Work: Home-Based Workers in Mexico
Mexican Immigrant Women and the New Domestic Labor
"Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!" Justice for Janitors in Los Angeles and New Citizenship Claims
Family Formations and Transnational Social Networks
Transborder Families and Gendered Trajectories of Migration and Work
Women, Migration, and Household Survival Strategies: Mixtec Women in Tijuana
Single-Parent Families: Choice or Constraint? The Formation of Female-Headed Households in Mexican Shanty Towns
Working at Motherhood: Chicana and Mexican Immigrant Mothers and Employment
"I'm Here, but I'm There": The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood
Transculturation and Identity in Daily Life
Reproduction of Gender Relations in the Mexican Migrant Community of New Rochelle, New York
"En el norte la mujer manda": Gender, Generation, and Geography in a Mexican Transnational Community
Unruly Passions: Poetics, Performance, and Gender in the Ranchera Song
Becoming Selena, Becoming Latina
Cyberbrides and Global Imaginaries: Mexican Women's Turn from the National to the Foreign
Bibliography
Contributors
Index
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