Making a Killing Femicide, Free Trade, and la Frontera

ISBN-10: 0292723172

ISBN-13: 9780292723177

Edition: 2010

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Since 1993, more than five hundred women and girls have been murdered in Ciudad Juaacute;rez across the border from El Paso, Texas. At least a third have been sexually violated and mutilated as well. Thousands more have been reported missing and remain unaccounted for. The crimes have been poorly investigated and have gone unpunished and unresolved by Mexican authorities, thus creating an epidemic of misogynist violence on an increasingly globalized U.S.-Mexico border. This book, the first anthology to focus exclusively on the Juaacute;rez femicides, as the crimes have come to be known, compiles several different scholarly "interventions" from diverse perspectives, including feminism, Marxism, critical race theory, semiotics, and textual analysis. Editor Alicia Gaspar de Alba shapes a multidisciplinary analytical framework for considering the interconnections between gender, violence, and the U.S.-Mexico border. The essays examine the social and cultural conditions that have led to the heinous victimization of women on the border-from globalization, free trade agreements, exploitative maquiladora working conditions, and border politics, to the sexist attitudes that pervade the social discourse about the victims. The book also explores the evolving social movement that has been created by NGOs, mothers' organizing efforts, and other grassroots forms of activism related to the crimes. Contributors include U.S. and Mexican scholars and activists, as well as personal testimonies of two mothers of femicide victims.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

ALICIA GASPAR DE ALBA, a native of the El Paso/Ju�rez border, is Professor and Chair of the C�sar Ch�vez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA. She has published eight other books, including Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master’s House: Cultural Politics and the CARA Exhibition.

GEORGINA GUZM�N is a PhD candidate in English at UCLA.

Introduction: Feminicidio: The "Black Legend" of the Border
Accountability for Murder in the Maquiladoras: Linking Corporate Indifference to Gender Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Poor Brown Female: The Miller's Compensation for "Free" Trade
Ghost Dance in Ciudad Ju�rez at the End/Beginning of the Millennium
Gender, Order, and Femicide: Reading the Popular Culture of Murder in Ciudad Ju�rez
<sub>i</sub>Ni Una M�s!
Binational Civic Action for Accountability: Antiviolence Organizing in Ciudad Ju�rez/El Paso
The Suffering of the Other
The V-Day March in Mexico: Appropriation and Misuse of Local Women's Activism
Femicide, Mother-Activism, and the Geography of Protest in Northern Mexico
"The Morgue Was Really from the Dark Ages": Insights from a Forensic Psychologist
"We'll See Who Wins"
"The Government Has Tried to Divide Us"
Las Hijas de Ju�rez: Not an Urban Legend
Afterword: Goddess Murder and Gynocide in Ciudad Ju�rez
Selected Bi-national Timeline of the Ju�rez Femicides
The Ju�rez Femicides in Print, Film, and Music: A Partial List
Notes on Contributors
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