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- DescriptionIn this book, Mireya Loza sheds new light on the private lives of migrantmen who participated in the Bracero Program (1942-1964), a binationalagreement between the United States and Mexico that allowed hundredsof thousands of Mexican workers to enter this country on temporary workpermits. While this program and the issue of temporary workers has longbeen politicized on both sides of the border, Loza argues that the prevailingromanticized image of braceros as a family-oriented, productive, legal workforcehas obscured the real, diverse experiences of the workers themselves.Focusing on underexplored aspects of workers' lives-such as their transnationalunion-organizing efforts, the sexual ecomies of both hetero andqueer workers, and the eth-racial boundaries among Mexican indigeusbraceros-Loza reveals how these men defied perceived political, sexual, andracial rms. Basing her work on an archive of more than 800 oral histories from theUnited States and Mexico, Loza is the first scholar to carefully differentiatebetween the experiences of mestizo guest workers and the many Mixtec,Zapotec, Purhepecha, and Mayan laborers. In doing so, she captures themyriad ways these defiant workers responded to the intense discriminationand exploitation of an unjust system that still persists today.
- Author BiographyMireya Loza is assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Author(s)Mireya Loza
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication30/09/2016
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Series TitleThe David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Note14 halftones
- Weight390 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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