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Poverty or Development : Global Restructuring and Regional Transformation in the US South and the Mexican South - Richard Tardanico

Poverty or Development

Global Restructuring and Regional Transformation in the US South and the Mexican South

By: Richard Tardanico (Editor), Mark Rosenberg (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th November 1999
ISBN: 9780415924320
Number Of Pages: 312

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"Poverty or Development" offers a unique look at world inequality, by comparing the development problems and prospects of southern Mexico and the U.S. South in the context of global restructuring and NAFTA. Both regions have a history and legacy as labor-repressive producers of primary commodities. However, the U.S. South today encompasses poles of considerable wealth and poverty, while the Mexican South remains mired in the world periphery. Ranging from the Mexico-U.S. apparel connection and the restructuring of Mexico's coffee farming to agribusiness and immigration in Florida, the contributors trace the past and future of these two Souths.

""Poverty or Development is a trail-blazing contribution that shall be emulated by all those interested in reconciling theory and research with the shape the world is taking. Methodologically sound and rich in data, it is an invaluable resource for social scientists. Its various chapters are so expertly integrated that it is hard to tell it is an edited collection." -Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Department of Sociology, Princeton University "This is an important, much needed contribution to analyses that deconstruct unitary categories such as rich country, poor country. Examining the US South and the Mexican South produces novel insights into the politico-economic and territorial dynamics under NAFTA and globalization generally." -Saskia Sassen, author of "Globalization and Its Discontents "This is an important volume. By comparing parts of Mexico and the southern United States, it recasts our understanding of regional transformations and global integration. Between its suggestive introduction and conclusion are rich empirical studies of the many changes underway in the "souths" of North American societies." -Jeremy Adelman, Director, Program in Latin American Studies, Princeton University "Richard Tardanico and Mark B. Rosenberg set a new trajectory for globalization studies with this integrated anthology of research papers comparing the Mexican South and the US South undergoing neoliberal restructuring. The anthology is an indespensable tool for readers who are interested not only in charting the course of globalization but alos in development policies that will transform it." -June C. Nash, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, City College of New York andGraduate Center "Unlike many studies which read off local and regional changes as straightforward byproducts of the global restructuring of capitalism, Tardanico and Rosenberg's collection offers a series of carefully histroicized case studies of local and regional development in the bi-national Gulf Coast region. The book underscores the critical importance of government action in suporting the interests of specific groups, economic sectors, and localities in a globalizing economy, supporting the conclusion that "globalization" is very much an unfinished project." -Michael Peter Smith, Professor of Community Studies and Development, University of California, Davis

Two Souths in the New Global Orderp. 3
From Free-Market Rhetoric to Free-Market Reality: The Future of the U.S. South in an Era of Globalizationp. 19
The Impact of NAFTA and the WTO on Chiapas and Southern Mexico: Hypotheses and Preliminary Evidencep. 41
The Mexico-U.S. Apparel Connection: Economic Dualism and Transnational Networksp. 59
Local Economic Development and Transnational Restructuring: The Case of Export-Assembly Manufacturing in Yucatanp. 91
Politico-Economic Restructuring and Mexico's Small Coffee Farmersp. 111
Work and Immigration: Winter Vegetable Production in South Floridap. 139
Politics of Decentralized Rural Poverty Programs: Local Government and Community Participation in Oaxacap. 179
The Local Matters: The Port of New Orleans Responds to Global Restructuringp. 197
Employment Transformations in Mexican and U.S. Gulf Citiesp. 219
Poverty or Development?p. 257
Notesp. 281
Contributorsp. 297
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780415924320
ISBN-10: 0415924324
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 25th November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.37  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1