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The Chicken Trail: Following Workers, Migrants, and Corporations across the Americas

Kathleen C. Schwartzman


This book examines the impact of globalization—and of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in particular—on the North American poultry industry, focusing on the displacement of African American workers in the southeast United States and workers in Mexico. The book documents how the transformation of U.S. poultry production in the 1980s increased its export capacity and changed the nature and consequences of labor conflict. It documents how globalization, and especially NAFTA, forced Mexico to open its commodity and capital markets, and eliminate state support of corporations and rur ... More

Keywords: globalization, NAFTA, North America, poultry industry, labor-management conflict, Mexico, illegal immigration, undocumented workers, free trade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451164
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451164.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen C. Schwartzman, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, the University of Arizona