This collection of compelling and original research makes connections in Canada, the US and Mexico among women who work in fast-food restaurants, supermarkets and agricultural production. The fourteen chapters take a critical look at how the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has affected these women's working and living conditions, sharpening our understanding of how the workplace has been restructured in order to fulfill consumer demands for tomatoes, exotic flowers and fruits, as well as fast-food burgers and fries. Food activists in Latin America, the US and Canada propose alternatives to counteract the oppressive conditions of free trade and globalization.
“Perhaps the World Ends Here” – Joy Harjo Introduction: In the Belly of the Beast: A Moveable Feast – Deborah Barndt
Part I: The Bigger Picture: Gender and Global Restructuring Chapter One: Remaking “Traditions”: How We Eat, What We Eat and the Changing Political Economy of Food – Harriet Friedmann
Chapter Two: Whose “Choice”? “Flexible” Women Workers in the Tomato Food Chain – Deborah Barndt
Chapter Three: Serving the McCustomer: Fast Food is Not about Food – Ester Reiter
Part II: Women Workers in the Food System: Stories from Mexico to Canada Chapter Four: The “Poisoning” of Indigenous Migrant Women Workers and Children: From Deadly Colonialism to Toxic Globalization – Egla Martinez-Salazar Chapter Five: Mexican Women on the Move: Migrant Workers in Mexico and Canada – Antonieta Baron Chapter Six: “From Where Have All the Flowers Come?” Women Workers in Mexico’s Non-Traditional Markets – Kirsten Appendini Chapter Seven: Putting the Pieces Together: Tennessee Women Find the Global Economy in Their Own Backyards – Fran Ansley Chapter Eight: Serving Up Service: Fast-Food and Office Women Workers Doing It with a Smile – Ann Eyerman Chapter Nine: Not Quite What They Bargained For: Female Labour in Canadian Supermarkets – Jan Kainer
Part III: Signs of Hope: Women Creating Food Alternatives Chapter Ten: Putting Food First: Women’s Role in Creating a Grassroots System outside the Marketplace – Debbie Field Chapter Eleven: Grassroots Responses to Globalization: Mexican Rural and Urban Women’s Collective Alternatives – Maria Dolores Villagomez Chapter Twelve: Women as Organizers: Building Confidence and Community through Food – Deborah Moffett & Mary Lou Morgan Chapter Thirteen: A Day in the Life of Maria: Women, Food, Ecology and the Will to Live – Ofelia Perez Pena Chapter Fourteen: A Different Tomato: Creating Vernacular Foodscapes – Lauren Baker
Deborah Barndt teaches in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. She has worked in social justice and popular education programs in Latin America, the US and Canada over the past twenty-five years.
"An incisive and compelling examination of the ways in which women produce, resist and re-invent within the structures and traditions of the increasingly globalized agrifood system. A simultaneously disturbing and hopeful story."— Patricia Allen, Associate Director for Sustainable Food Systems, University of California
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