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From The Revolution To The Maquiladoras: Gender, Labor, And Globalization In Nicaragua

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From The Revolution To The Maquiladoras: Gender, Labor, And Globalization In Nicaragua by Mendez, Jennifer Bickham, 9780822335658
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  • ISBN: 9780822335658 | 0822335654
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/20/2005
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From the Revolution to the Maquiladoras is a major contribution to the study of globalization, labour, and women's movements. Jennifer Bickham Mendez presents a detailed ethnographic account of the Nicaraguan Working and Unemployed Women's Movement, "Marķa Elena Cuadra" (MEC). The MEC emerged as an autonomous women's organization in 1994. Most of its efforts revolve around organizing women workers in Nicaragua's free trade zones and working to improve conditions in maquiladora factories. Mendez examines the structural and cultural elements of MEC in order to demonstrate some of the effects of globalization on grassroots efforts to advocate for social and economic justice. She argues that globalization has created opportunities for new forms of organizing among those local populations that suffer its effects, and that MEC, which has forged vital links with trans-national feminist and labour organizations, exemplifies the possibilities-and pitfalls-of this new type of organizing.Mendez draws on interviews with leaders and program participants, including maquiladora workers; her participant observation while she worked as a volunteer within the organization; and analysis of the public statements, speeches, and texts written by MEC members. She provides a sense of the day-to-day operations of the group as well as its strategies. By exploring the tension between MEC and trans-national feminist, labour, and solidarity networks, she illustrates how MEC women's outlooks are shaped by both their revolutionary roots within the Sandinista regime and their exposure to global discourses of human rights and citizenship. The complexities of the women's labour movement analyzed in From the Revolution to the Maquiladoras speak to social and economic justice movements in the many locales around the world.Jennifer Bickham Mendez is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of William & Mary.

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