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Fires on the BorderThe Passionate Politics of Labor Organizing on the Mexican Frontera$
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Rosemary Hennessy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816647583

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816647583.001.0001

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The North-South Encuentros

The North-South Encuentros

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(p.177) 7 The North-South Encuentros
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Fires on the Border
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Rosemary Hennessy

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816647583.003.0007

This chapter examines the political horizons put forward in a series of encounters, or encuentros, between maquiladora workers and indigenous communities in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas. These encuentros were supported through the coordination of the Coalition for Justice in Maquiladoras (CJM) and were part of the wave of activity surrounding the Zapatistas’ interventions into national politics between 2001 and 2006. At the same time that factory workers began taking small steps to sustain their communities autonomously, the indigenous people of Chiapas were reorienting their struggle from demands upon the state to autonomous governance. As labor organizing in the maquiladoras spilled from the factories into the colonias, workers’ encounters with the autonomous communities in the south inspired new activities in the north around the biopolitics of una vida digna. This chapter also considers gender as a significant feature of the modifications that these encuentros provoked.

Keywords:   encuentros, Mexico, Chiapas, Coalition for Justice in Maquiladoras, Zapatistas, factory workers, indigenous people, labor organizing, maquiladoras, gender

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