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The Chicken TrailFollowing Workers, Migrants, and Corporations across the Americas$
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Kathleen C. Schwartzman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451164

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451164.001.0001

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Why Follow Chickens?

Why Follow Chickens?

(p.1) 1 Why Follow Chickens?
The Chicken Trail

Kathleen C. Schwartzman

Cornell University Press

This book explores the link between Mexican labor displacement and the dynamics of globalization within the context of the current immigration debate, with particular emphasis on the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on African Americans and Mexican immigrants to the United States. In following the “chicken trail,” it highlights the connection between U.S. labor shortage and Mexican labor surplus. More specifically, it considers how changes in the Mexican economy, including poultry production, contributed to labor displacement. This chapter describes the conceptual and empirical elements of the book's multifaceted framework, beginning with ethnic succession in the United States and its relation to immigration. It also examines how trade and immigration as well as neoliberalism and labor are intertwined.

Keywords:   labor displacement, globalization, immigration, North American Free Trade Agreement, African Americans, Mexican immigrants, poultry production, ethnic succession, trade, neoliberalism

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