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Transnational Tortillas: Race, Gender, and Shop-Floor Politics in Mexico and the United States Paperback – July 17, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-0801474224 ISBN-10: 0801474221 Edition: 1st

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"Carolina Bank Muñoz's rich ethnographic fieldwork in two tortilla factories, one in Mexico and the other in the United States, has produced an extremely well crafted, highly accessible book on the role of state policy, race, gender, and immigration status in the labor process and, more precisely, labor control. The author of this must-read book for labor and immigration scholars and activists, provides a well-researched and convincingly argued analysis of how managers employ an 'immigration regime' on one side of the border and a 'gender regime' on the other to discipline labor. The importance of this book lies both in the theoretical contributions that it makes to several literatures and the practical insights that it offers to organizers of low-wage and immigrant workers."—Héctor L. Delgado, University of La Verne, author of New Immigrants, Old Unions: Organizing Undocumented Workers in Los Angeles

"Transnational Tortillas presents a fascinating analysis of the ways in which state policies, immigration status, gender, and race shape labor control at the factory level. Carolina Bank Muñoz's study of the United States is particularly insightful and persuasively shows how immigration status has allowed employers to deploy methods of labor control that pit documented and undocumented workers against each other and that take advantage of undocumented workers' lack of citizenship status and fear of deportation to enact labor control on the shop floor."—Teri L. Caraway, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, author of Assembling Women

"Carolina Bank Muñoz gives us a fascinating account of how management from one company with two plants on either side of the border tailors its labor control strategies according to the immigration status, race, and gender characteristics of the workforce, while drawing on opportunities made available through national laws and policies. Bank Muñoz's acute observations of shop floor dynamics and her ability to elicit telling commentary from factory workers and managers alike have produced a fresh portrait of labor exploitation and resistance in today's global economy."—Maria Lorena Cook, Cornell University

"Transnational Tortillas is a fascinating in-depth look at the production regimes of two tortilla plants owned by the same Mexican corporation and both employing Mexicans, one on each side of the border. Carolina Bank Muñoz emphasizes on the one hand the effects of globalization, neoliberalism, and changing U.S. immigration policy, and on the other hand the construction of race and gender. She deftly uses these analytical elements to explain the different power relations in the two settings, as well as changes over time in those relations. This book is required reading for those interested in work, immigration and gender in an increasingly globalized economy."—Chris Tilly, University of Massachusetts Lowell

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"Carolina Bank Munoz's rich ethnographic fieldwork in two tortilla factories, one in Mexico and the other in the United States, has produced an extremely well crafted, highly accessible book on the role of state policy, race, gender, and immigration status in the labor process and, more precisely, labor control. The author of this must-read book for labor and immigration scholars and activists, provides a well-researched and convincingly argued analysis of how managers employ an 'immigration regime' on one side of the border and a 'gender regime' on the other to discipline labor. The importance of this book lies both in the theoretical contributions that it makes to several literatures and the practical insights that it offers to organizers of low-wage and immigrant workers."-Héctor L. Delgado, University of La Verne, author of New Immigrants, Old Unions: Organizing Undocumented Workers in Los Angeles

"Transnational Tortillas presents a fascinating analysis of the ways in which state policies, immigration status, gender, and race shape labor control at the factory level. Carolina Bank Muñoz's study of the United States is particularly insightful and persuasively shows how immigration status has allowed employers to deploy methods of labor control that pit documented and undocumented workers against each other and that take advantage of undocumented workers' lack of citizenship status and fear of deportation to enact labor control on the shop floor."-Teri L. Caraway, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, author of Assembling Women

"Carolina Bank Muñoz gives us a fascinating account of how management from one company with two plants on either side of the border tailors its labor control strategies according to the immigration status, race, and gender characteristics of the workforce, while drawing on opportunities made available through national laws and policies. Bank Muñoz's acute observations of shop floor dynamics and her ability to elicit telling commentary from factory workers and managers alike have produced a fresh portrait of labor exploitation and resistance in today's global economy."-Maria Lorena Cook, Cornell University

"Transnational Tortillas is a fascinating in-depth look at the production regimes of two tortilla plants owned by the same Mexican corporation and both employing Mexicans, one on each side of the border. Carolina Bank Muñoz emphasizes on the one hand the effects of globalization, neoliberalism, and changing U.S. immigration policy, and on the other hand the construction of race and gender. She deftly uses these analytical elements to explain the different power relations in the two settings, as well as changes over time in those relations. This book is required reading for those interested in work, immigration and gender in an increasingly globalized economy."-Chris Tilly, University of Massachusetts Lowell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: ILR Press; 1 edition (July 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801474221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801474224
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Carly on December 2, 2014
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Munoz is comparing two tortilla factories, one in Mexico and one in the United States.
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Good book! I enjoyed a lot!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on June 26, 2009
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The text is well researched and reads alot like a long research paper. While the author makes many very good points about the lives of the workers in the Mexican maquiladoras, she tends to place all the blame for poverty on the policies of the United States. She only briefly mentions that the Mexican government has made some bad choices (actually they were Very bad), but primarily it is the U.S. and NAFTA where most of the blame for poverty, poor working conditions, and poor pay in both factories in the U.S and Mexico is placed, which does not add up when many factories are not owned or operated by the U.S. and have similar or worse conditions. Not to let the U.S. off the hook for their part of the problem, but U.S. policy is not the ONLY problem.

While it is well researched, it often repeats the same ideas over and over, throughout. Not a horrible read, definately a powerful eye opener to the uninformed.
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