David Spener

David Spener
Trinity University · Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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This paper presents a sociohistorical study of the ritual homages carried out by singers, artists, and left-wing activists at the graveside of Violeta Parra every February 5 in Santiago, Chile. The homages date from the years immediately following her death in 1967 and persisted during the military dictatorship, when they acquired an important poli...
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This chapter relates the migratory experiences of Hilda and Julián, a young married couple from a small village in the rural northwestern section of the state of Guanajuato. Julián made his first trip to the USA in 1994, at the age of 21, just as he and Hilda were beginning their romance. He went back and forth between Guanajuato and Dallas, Texas...
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This article presents the results of a study that examines the history of the song “We Shall Not Be Moved” and the singing of it in different cultural and sociopolitical contexts over the course of two centuries. The song originated in the religious practices of African slaves in the United States in the 19th century. In the 20th century it was ado...
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Since the beginning of its opening to international trade in 1986, the Mexican economy has undergone a series of transformations. Some of these arose as a consequence of the continuation of the financial crisis that erupted in 1982. Others were the result of Mexico's new relationship to the world economy in general and with the United States and Ca...
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In this chapter I describe the restructuring and job loss in the garment industry of El Paso, Texas, that has accompanied trade liberalization between the United States and Mexico since the late 1980s. As a small city whose "Old West" economy has traditionally revolved around the "four C's-copper, cattle, cotton, and climate" (Mangan 1980, 115), El...
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In this essay I propose a re–orientation of the public and scholarly discourse about international migration that takes place autonomously, beyond the pale of state regulation. This discourse typically features a terminology and a framing of issues that privileges the perspective of state authorities regarding the phenomenon of cross–border migrato...
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As the United States has intensified surveillance of its southern border with Mexico, unauthorized migrants have become increasingly dependent on hired smugglers when they cross the border and reach their destinations in the US interior. According to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, tighter border controls have systematically transfor...
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Seeks to ascertain the degree to which recent employer sanctions and border interdiction policies in the US have been effective in curtailing international migration in general and Mexican migration, in particular, to the country. Examples are respectively the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) and Operations Hold-the-Line and Gatekeepe...
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The economic and social consequences of international trade agreements have become a major area of inquiry in development studies in recent years. As evidenced by the energetic protests surrounding the Seattle meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 1999 and the controversy about China's admission to the WTO, such agreements have...
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The various contributions to this book have documented how NAFTA-inspired firm strategies are changing the geography of apparel production in North America. The authors show in myriad ways how companies at different positions along the apparel commodity chain are responding to the new institutional and regulatory environment that NAFTA creates. By...
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"Free Trade and Uneven Development is a superb collection of essays that seeks to understand the process of globalization through an intensive geographical focus on North America and a sectoral emphasis on the apparel industry, all in the context of examining the impact of an important regional trade agreement. This rich, complex micro look illumin...
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In this article, we address the question of the extent to which US producers' reliance on cheap immigrant labor can continue to retard the march of apparel manufacturing out of the country as garments produced by even cheaper labor overseas flood the US market in the post-NAFTA period. The article is divided into five sections. In the first, we int...
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Los trabajadores migrantes indocumentados de México contribuyeron significativamente a la producción agrícola e industrial en los Estados Unidos, durante todo el siglo XX. Al comienzo del siglo XXI, la demanda de fuerza de trabajo mexicana al norte de la frontera sigue sin abatirse a pesar de que el gobierno de Estados Unidos haya adoptado medidas...
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Recent research has assessed the implications of entrepreneurship for immigrant incorporation by examining the hypothesis that self-employed immigrants earn higher incomes than other immigrant workers in the labor market. With the important exception of several pioneering ethnographic and case studies, however, little attention has been paid in the...
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As has been widely recognized in the literature, the post-war economic boom which drew to a close by the early 1970s has been followed by an intense period of industrial restructuring characterized by marked instability in all three major spheres of economic activity: production, distribution, and finance. This process has taken place both at the g...
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This guide for volunteer teachers of English as a Second Language to Spanish speakers in a home-based program outlines a suggested format for class time and activities. The guide describes how teachers can organize their class periods to promote learner-centeredness and participation in the English learning process. The structure, designed to help...
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What is the Freirean approach? The Freirean approach to adult literacy education bases the content of language lessons on learners' cultural and personal experiences. Named for Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, the approa ch has also been referred to as the problem-approach (Auerbach & Wallerstein, 1987;Wallerstein, 1983), the psycho-approach (Hope,...
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David Spener argues that U.S. educational policies reflect an implicit economic need to socialize immigrants and minority group members to fill necessary, but undesirable, low-status jobs. Transitional bilingual education programs, which provide only a limited period of native-language instruction and do not ensure English mastery, prevent immigran...
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In this paper I analyze the origins, usage, and connotations of a variety of official and colloquial terms in Spanish and English that are used routinely in the vernacular discourse about border crossings made by undocumented Mexican migrants to the United States. I focus especially on Spanish-language terms that are used to refer to migrants and t...

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