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.
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.
List of Tables List of Acronyms Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Establishing Connections 1. The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 2. Operation Wetback, 1954 Part II: Mounting Resistance 3. Farmworker Civil Rights Movement / El Movimiento Campesino 4. Organized Labor and Mexican Labor Organization 5. Backlash and Retrenchment (1980s-1990s) Part III: Regions 6. Mexican Labor in Aztl n 7. Mexican Labor in the Heartland 8. Mexican Labor in the Hinterlands 9. Mexican Labor en la Frontera 10. Mexican Labor in Mexico: The Impact of NAFTA from Chiapas to Turismo 11. Mexican Labor in Canada: From Temporary Workers to Precarious Labor Conclusion Glossary References Index