Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico

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* Illustrates how Mexican communities cope with NAFTA’s effects
* Written by a team of US and Mexican collaborators
* Shows importance of trade regulations on poor communities worldwide

How is the current model for economic globalization affecting both the poor and the environment? Confronting Globalization extends a sweeping treatment of contemporary Mexican politics as they investigate the country’s tumultuous experience under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The contributors relate globalization’s untold stories: its social and environmental costs, and the grassroots quest for alternative paths. They reveal to us how vulnerable people in rural communities are choosing to defend themselves and promote their own homegrown alternatives in the face of adversity.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A combination of excellent editing and a shared intellectual framework lend this volume a remarkable coherence in analysis and tone. This is an important read for anyone interested in grassroots responses to globalization and will be especially useful to scholars, students, and others interested in social justice struggles in contemporary Mexico."

"Makes a unique contribution to enlightened thinking about globalization. These closely observed experiences in Mexico will be useful to people all over the world who are determined to create societies that put human needs before corporate profits."

"Finally a book that resists globalization but also gives alternatives. . .in light of the recent FTAA protests, this book is ideal for anyone interested in learning about globalization from the very people it affects."

"Offers a grounding in how trade policies affect vulnerable communities and the environment."

"Should be required reading for the university-level scholar, the politicians who create trade policy, and social activists who seek to ameliorate the harm caused by globalization."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565491663
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilda Salazar

Timothy A. Wise

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Globalization and Popular Resistance in Mexico 1
2 Investment, Sovereignty, and the Environment: The Metalclad and NAFTA's Chapter 11 17
3 Human Rights, Ecology, and Economic Integration: The Peasant Ecologists of Guerrero 43
4 El Balcon, Guerrero: A Case Study of Globalization Benefiting a Forest Community 65
5 Biopiracy on the Border: The Battle for the Yellow Bean 81
6 Biopiracy, Bioprospecting, and Resistance: Four Cases in Mexico 101
7 Toward an Equitable, Inclusive, and Sustainable Agriculture: Mexico's Basic Grains Producers Unite 129
8 Peasant Farmers in the Global Economy: The State Coalition of Coffee Producers of Oaxaca 149
9 The Struggle for Justice in the Maquiladoras: The Experience of the Autotrim Workers 173
10 The Migrant Club El Remolino: A Binational Community Experience 195
11 Lessons Learned: Civil Society Strategies in the Face of Economic Integration 213
About the Contributors 235
Index 239
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