Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, by Mireya Loza

By Mireya Loza

during this e-book, Mireya Loza sheds new gentle at the deepest lives of migrant males who participated within the Bracero application (1942–1964), a binational contract among the us and Mexico that allowed millions of Mexican employees to go into this nation on transitority paintings allows. whereas this application and the problem of transitority employees has lengthy been politicized on either side of the border, Loza argues that the existing romanticized picture of braceros as a family-oriented, effective, criminal group has obscured the true, diversified reports of the staff themselves. targeting underexplored facets of employees' lives--such as their transnational union-organizing efforts, the sexual economies of either hetero and queer employees, and the ethno-racial obstacles between Mexican indigenous braceros--Loza unearths how those males defied perceived political, sexual, and racial norms.

Basing her paintings on an archive of greater than 800 oral histories from the USA and Mexico, Loza is the 1st pupil to rigorously differentiate among the reviews of mestizo visitor employees and the numerous Mixtec, Zapotec, Purhepecha, and Mayan employees. In doing so, she captures the myriad methods those defiant staff replied to the serious discrimination and exploitation of an unjust method that also persists today.

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