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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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Love in the Common

Love in the Common

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Fires on the Border

Rosemary Hennessy

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the question of love in relation to the politics of bearing witness for the commons. More specifically, it considers some of the implications of the standpoints of witnessing by maquiladora workers across working-class sectors in Mexico. It argues that we should think about labor organizing as acts of love and discusses the potential of “love” as a name for the affect-culture of collaboration and passionate reason that accompanies the conversion of living labor into organized resistance in maquiladoras. It analyzes Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt’s 2009 book Commonwealth (2009), which renarrates love as a political value and a material force fundamental to the constitution of the common. Finally, it looks at some love stories from struggles to reclaim the common that were led by women workers in grassroots communities in northern Mexico to highlight the continuing pertinence of utopian hope.

Keywords:   love, politics, common, witnessing, Mexico, labor organizing, affect-culture, living labor, maquiladoras, hope

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