Neoliberalism, State Projects, and Migrant Organizing

Authored by: Jacob Lesniewski , Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro

The Routledge Handbook of Poverty in the United States

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415673440
eBook ISBN: 9781315755519
Adobe ISBN: 9781317627401


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There is growing interest in emerging forms of migrant mobilization. Mexican immigrant mobilizing campaigns are especially pertinent given their dynamic organizing to counter economic, social, and political exclusion and to increase economic opportunity and alleviate poverty. The nature of community organizing has also shifted with the onset of neoliberal globalization. We argue that new forms of migrant political activism have emerged out of cross-border economic flows that interact with various state projects. The argument is supported by two Chicago-based case studies: migrant worker centers and immigrant hometown associations. The chapter aims to raise the profile and reinvigorate policy debate about various forms of migrant exclusion, the implications of global interconnectedness, and how community practice can advance social justice concerns and poverty reduction in migrant communities.

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