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A Jumble of NeedsWomen's Activism and Neoliberalism in the Colonias of the Southwest$
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Rebecca Dolhinow

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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The Production of Colonias as Neoliberal Spaces

The Production of Colonias as Neoliberal Spaces

(p.47) Chapter 1 The Production of Colonias as Neoliberal Spaces
A Jumble of Needs

Rebecca Dolhinow

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the increasing economic and cultural integration of the border region into the core of both the U.S. and Mexico. It develops an understanding of the production of colonias in two ways. The first looks at the production of colonias as both a necessary and practical method to house Mexican labor. The second looks at the more subtle ways in which they produce immigrant labor as independent, neoliberal citizens whose actions can be taken as consent for their own infrastructure-lacking communities through the discourses of personal responsibility that permeate the solutions to the resource deprivation they experience.

Keywords:   U.S., Mexico, colonias, Mexican labor, immigrant labor, neoliberal citizens, resource deprivation

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