The Maquiladora Reader
This book documents how workers and their allies are reaching across the border to search for new answers to the challenges of globalization and explores activism at the intersection of international labor organizing, women's empowerment, environmental and occupational health, and cross-border solidarity. In the process, it reveals how the Mexico-U.S. border -- the only border in the world where the advanced industrial North directly meets the "underdeveloped" South -- functions as a unique "cutting edge" where new paradigms of activism are being forged./Reflecting AFSC's involvement of more than 20 years in cross-border activism, it offers a comprehensive portrait of labor activism at the border in the NAFTA era. Individual chapters delve into such areas as women at the border, health and environmental issues, differing strategies for cross-border activism, and how the border fIt's into the larger panorama of free trade agreements. A valuable resource for educators and activists seeking practical tips on coming to grips with the global economy, as well as undergraduate and graduate classes in labor studies, women's studies, ethnic studies, and global economics.