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Globalization and the Mexican-Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program: Power, racialization & transnationalism in temporary migration




Jenna Hennebry


This research finds that Mexican migrant workers are consistently located in subordinate power positions in the organization and the everyday practices of the SAWP; and governments, employers, and other intermediaries have significant control over migrants' daily lives and their migration parameters. Racialization processes in both the institutional and everyday practices of the SAWP produce, maintain, and legitimize a system of temporary migration characterized by imbalanced power relations and the unequal allocation of resources and rights through the differentiation of the "Mexican migrant worker" with reference to race and ethnicity. Migrant workers and their families actively participate in transnational practices that are integral to seasonal migration, including the family networks that facilitate entry into the program, the "migration work" performed by women, and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). This essential "migration work" involves preparing the family for migration and sustaining the transnational family through managing and/or working within family farms and small businesses, receiving and managing international remittance transfers and telephone calling, managing and utilizing remittances for daily living and development, and performing carework. These findings support the "transnationalization of culture" hypothesis, and indicate that a gendered culture of migration is emerging within the SAWP.
(From http://books.google.com/books/about/Globalization_and_the_Mexican_Canadian_S.html?id=JchBDTdIukgC)


Library and Archives Canada = Bibliothèque et Archives Canada,

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

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Policy analysis

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Researchers and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, México, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, Nova Scotia, and National relevance

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