Fragmented Lives, Assembled Parts Culture, Capitalism, and Conquest at the U. S. -Mexico Border

ISBN-10: 0292717679

ISBN-13: 9780292717671

Edition: 2008

Authors: Alejandro Lugo

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Established in 1659 as Misin de Nuestra Seora de Guadalupe de los Mansos del Paso del Norte, Ciudad Jurez is the oldest colonial settlement on the U.S.-Mexico border-and one of the largest industrialized border cities in the world. Since the days of its founding, Jurez has been marked by different forms of conquest and the quest for wealth as an elaborate matrix of gender, class, and ethnic hierarchies struggled for dominance. Juxtaposing the early Spanish invasions of the region with the arrival of late-twentieth-century industrial "conquistadors," Fragmented Lives, Assembled Parts documents the consequences of imperial history through in-depth ethnographic studies of working-class factory life.By comparing the social and human consequences of recent globalism with the region's pioneer era, Alejandro Lugo demonstrates the ways in which class mobilization is itself constantly being "unmade" at both the international and personal levels for border workers. Both an inside account of maquiladora practices and a rich social history, this is an interdisciplinary survey of the legacies, tropes, economic systems, and gender-based inequalities reflected in a unique cultural landscape. Through a framework of theoretical conceptualizations applied to a range of facets--from multiracial "mestizo" populations to the notions of border "crossings" and "inspections," as well as the recent brutal killings of working-class women in Ciudad Jurez--Fragmented Lives, Assembled Parts provides a critical understanding of the effect of transnational corporations on contemporary Mexico, calling for official recognition of the desperate need for improved working and living conditions within this community.
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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 8/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 339
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

ALEJANDRO LUGO is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the co-editor (with Bill Maurer) of Gender Matters: Rereading Michelle Rosaldo.

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Culture, Class, and Gender in Late-Twentieth-Century Ciudad Juarez
Maquiladoras, Gender, and Culture Change
The Political Economy of Tropes, Culture, and Masculinity Inside an Electronics Factory
Border Inspections: Inspecting the Working-Class Life of Maquiladora Workers on the U.S-Mexico Border
Culture, Class, and Union Politics: The Daily Struggle for Chairs inside a Sewing Factory in the Larger Context of the Working Day
Women, Men, and "Gender" in Feminist Anthropology: Lessons from Northern Mexico's Maquiladoras
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Reimagining Culture and Power against Late Industrial Capitalism and Other Forms of Conquest through Border Theory and Analysis
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