Consuming Mexican Labor: From the Bracero Program to NAFTA

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Mexican migration to the United States and Canada is a highly contentious issue in the eyes of many North Americans, and every generation seems to construct the northward flow of labor as a brand new social problem. The history of Mexican labor migration to the United States, from the Bracero Program (1942-1964) to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), suggests that Mexicans have been actively encouraged to migrate northward when labor markets are in short supply, only to be turned back during economic downturns. In this timely book, Mize and Swords dissect the social relations that define how corporations, consumers, and states involve Mexican immigrant laborers in the politics of production and consumption. The result is a comprehensive and contemporary look at the increasingly important role that Mexican immigrants play in the North American economy.

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"In the dismal shadow of Arizona and idiot nativism, this wonderful book reminds us of who turns the wheels of the North American economy and how their empowerment might save us all."
-- Mike Davis, University of California, Riverside, and author of No One is Illegal and In Praise of Barbarians
 "In this stunning, authoritatively researched book, Mize and Swords move beyond the typical binaries and inspire readers' heads and hearts with a persuasive vision of transformational politics that empowers people.  Reaching deep into the history of how we got into such perilous trouble, and going far beyond throwing more money at the border, temporary worker programs, and increased criminalization strategies, Swords and Mize offer a brilliant, practical, and wholly attainable way forward.  This book is a must-read for anyone serious about fixing the immigration crisis."
--Ashley Judd, Actress, Advocate, Harvard Kennedy School MPA '10, Board of Directors, Population Services International
"Consuming Mexican Labor ranges across regions and decades to reveal patterns that do not emerge from more narrow temporal and spatial approaches. By exposing the previously occluded connection between increasing consumer demand for goods and services and the exploitation of immigrant labor, Mize and Swords help us see how racist beliefs and actions concern interests, attitudes, and property as well as pigment, power, and prejudice."
-- George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

About the Author:

Ronald L. Mize is Associate Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University. He is the author of over 40 publications, including Latino Immigrants in the United States (Polity Press, 2011).
Alicia C.S. Swords is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ithaca College. She is a Fulbright scholar whose research and teaching is engaged with grassroots organizations working for social justice and to end poverty, locally, nationally, and internationally.

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