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A Jumble of Needs: Women's Activism and Neoliberalism in the Colonias of the Southwest

Rebecca Dolhinow

Abstract

Many immigrant communities along the U.S. border with Mexico are colonias, border settlements lacking infrastructure or safe housing. This book examines the leadership of Mexican women immigrants in three colonias in New Mexico, documenting the role of NGOs in shaping women’s activism in these communities. This book uncovers why such attempts to exercise political agency are so rarely successful. Central to the relationship between NGOs and women activists in colonias, the book argues, is the looming presence of the neoliberal political project. In particular, the discourses of caretaking that ... More

Keywords: immigrant communities, U.S. borders, Mexico, Mexican women immigrants, political agency, colonias, colonia leaders, nongovernmental organizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816650576
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816650576.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Dolhinow, author

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