Anxieties of Empire: Class, Race, Nation, and the Roots of the Anti-Neoliberal Globalization Movement in the U.S. and Mexico, 1987-2003

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Title
Anxieties of Empire: Class, Race, Nation, and the Roots of the Anti-Neoliberal Globalization Movement in the U.S. and Mexico, 1987-2003
Contributors
Larson, Eric David (creator)
Hu-Dehart, Evelyn (Director)
Bogues, Anthony (Reader)
Buhle, Paul (Reader)
Brown University. American Civilization (sponsor)
Doi
10.7301/Z0XW4H1K
Copyright Date
2011
Abstract
As the Cold War ended and a "New World Order" emerged, elites in the U.S. and Mexico created a continental economic arrangement, integrating national economies and cultures and arguing that two groups -- the unionized working class in the U.S. and the indigenous peasants of Mexico -- were destined to disappear amidst the inevitable ground swell of economic globalization. By examining the histories of two popular organizations that sought to defy that fate between the late 1980s and the early 2000s, this dissertation contends that ever-changing anxieties of empire, whether about encroaching U.S. influence in Mexico or about the threat of national decline in the U.S., shaped how popular organizers and leaders understood and contested dominant ideas of class, race, nation, and neoliberalism. The historical development of the two organizations - the U.S.-based Jobs with Justice coalition and the Mexico-based Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca - Ricardo Flores Magón -- shows how the political dynamics and identities of the global justice movement had roots in the local struggles of popular organizations as well as in transnational alliances and international summits. Though much of the literature on the movement focuses on the newness of its technologies, organizational forms, and democratic ideals, this dissertation reveals that concerns about the political categories of class, race, and nation that have long shaped popular movements continued to define how organizers understood the global economy and re-defined their places inside it.
Keywords
mexico
oaxaca
identity
united states
immigration
Social movements
Nationalism
Labor
Emigration and immigration
Globalization
Notes
Thesis (Ph.D. -- Brown University (2011)
Extent
ix, 355 p.

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Larson, Eric David, "Anxieties of Empire: Class, Race, Nation, and the Roots of the Anti-Neoliberal Globalization Movement in the U.S. and Mexico, 1987-2003" (2011). American Studies Theses and Dissertations. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://doi.org/10.7301/Z0XW4H1K

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