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Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom by Mireya Loza

Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom by Mireya... B o o k R e v i e w s        12 3 Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom Mireya Loza Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press 2016 xiii + 237 pp., $85.00 (cloth); $29.95 (paper); $19.99 (ebook) In Defiant Braceros , Mireya Loza recovers previously undocumented experiences of the Bracero Program. Drawing on a mix of archival sources and extensive oral histories she and others collected as part of the National Museum of American History’s Bracero His- tory Project, Loza documents the “deviance and dea fi nce” of braceros as they challenged the guestworker regime. Loza argues that braceros pushed back against the Mexican and US governments’ attempts to link guestworker status to a “particular type of masculinity tied to family, ethnicity, labor, and modernity” (15). Her purpose is “to humanize” bra- cero experiences of dea fi nce and deviance to reconsider “state power and resistance” (182). Her book demonstrates that braceros challenged family constructions, gender expecta- tions, and mestizaje — the state- supported notion of an ideal, racially mixed Mexican citizen — and organized for improvements in conditions and later against wage theft. In general, they deviated from http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Labor Duke University Press

Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom by Mireya Loza

Labor , Volume 15 (3) – Sep 1, 2018

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Copyright © 2018 Labor and Working-Class History Association
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1547-6715
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1558-1454
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10.1215/15476715-6910429
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B o o k R e v i e w s        12 3 Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom Mireya Loza Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press 2016 xiii + 237 pp., $85.00 (cloth); $29.95 (paper); $19.99 (ebook) In Defiant Braceros , Mireya Loza recovers previously undocumented experiences of the Bracero Program. Drawing on a mix of archival sources and extensive oral histories she and others collected as part of the National Museum of American History’s Bracero His- tory Project, Loza documents the “deviance and dea fi nce” of braceros as they challenged the guestworker regime. Loza argues that braceros pushed back against the Mexican and US governments’ attempts to link guestworker status to a “particular type of masculinity tied to family, ethnicity, labor, and modernity” (15). Her purpose is “to humanize” bra- cero experiences of dea fi nce and deviance to reconsider “state power and resistance” (182). Her book demonstrates that braceros challenged family constructions, gender expecta- tions, and mestizaje — the state- supported notion of an ideal, racially mixed Mexican citizen — and organized for improvements in conditions and later against wage theft. In general, they deviated from

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LaborDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2018

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