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Fires on the Border – The Passionate Politics of Labor Organizing on the Mexican Frontera - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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Fires on the Border: The Passionate Politics of Labor Organizing on the Mexican Frontera

Rosemary Hennessy


The history of the maquiladoras has been punctuated by workers’ organized resistance to abysmal working and living conditions. Over years of involvement in such movements, this book’s author was struck by an elusive but significant feature of these struggles: the extent to which organizing is driven by attachments of affection and antagonism, belief, betrayal, and identification. What precisely is the “affective” dimension of organizing for justice? Are affects and emotions the same? And how can their value be calculated? This book takes up these questions of labor and community organizing—its ... More

Keywords: maquiladoras, affection, emotions, community organizing, affect-culture, Mexico, labor organizing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816647583
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816647583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Hennessy, author
Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University

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