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Globalization Southern Style: Low-Wage Labor, Race, and Migration in the Nuevo South

Lecture by Angela C. Stuesse, IRLE, UCLA.

Friday, April 17, 2009
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
279 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This presentation focuses on Mississippi’s poultry processing communities, where new Latino migrants are working alongside a longstanding African American workforce in some of the lowest-paid and most dangerous jobs in the country. Globalization in the rural South occurs within a deeply historical context of racial and economic inequality, and Latin American newcomers complicate social relations still governed by the Black-white binary. This talk, framed by the ethics and methods of activist research, will tell the story of how Mississippi became part of the Nuevo Latino South. It will explore the past and present of the poultry industry and the roles of race and neoliberal globalization in the restructuring of work, as well as how people of different backgrounds are experiencing the transnationalization of their communities and workplaces.

Cost : Free and open to the public

Gloria Tovar

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Center for Mexican Studies, The Migration Study Group

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