Fronteras No Mas: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border

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Fronteras No Mas treats the U.S.-Mexico border as an opportune space in which residents address their common interests in a clean environment, better wages and trade, and respect for human rights. Since NAFTA, more transnational institutions and policies have emerged, facilitating the growth of civil society, such as community-based and nonprofit organizations. Yet cross-border organizing remains a challenging and complex version of local politics: residents live and work within a region of vast economic ...
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Overview

Fronteras No Mas treats the U.S.-Mexico border as an opportune space in which residents address their common interests in a clean environment, better wages and trade, and respect for human rights. Since NAFTA, more transnational institutions and policies have emerged, facilitating the growth of civil society, such as community-based and nonprofit organizations. Yet cross-border organizing remains a challenging and complex version of local politics: residents live and work within a region of vast economic equalities and markedly different governments. The authors offer a civic blueprint on ways to enhance cooperation, given the continuing interdependence of this North American space at the border.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312239398
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Staudt is Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is the author of ten books including Free Trade? Informal Economies at the U.S-Mexico Border(1998).

Irasema Coronado is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border 1
Ch. 2 Collaboration at Borders: The Two Faces of Personalism 19
Ch. 3 Political Institutions: NGOs, and Accountability in the Borderlands 39
Ch. 4 Institutional Shrouds: National Sovreignty and Environmental NGOs 67
Ch. 5 Cross-Border Trade: An Institutional Model for Labor Unions and NGOs? 107
Ch. 6 Human Rights and Human Wrongs 133
Ch. 7 Conclusions: Toward Social Justice in the North American Community 167
Notes 177
Bibliography 189
Index 201
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