LAII Lecture Series: María L. Cruz-Torres: The Local Dimensions of a Global Commodity: Women and Work in the Mexican Shrimp Industry
||12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
||Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
||[NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21] Join us for a presentation with Dr. María L. Cruz-Torres, an LAII Visiting Scholar in Fall 2014. Cruz-Torres, an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, is a cultural anthropologist whose areas of teaching and research include: political ecology; impact of globalization upon local communities and households; gender and work; gender, sustainability and the environment; and the environmental and social aspects of natural resource management. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, and has conducted anthropological ethnographic research in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and southern Florida. She is the author of Lives of Dust and Water: An Anthropology of Change and Resistance in Northwestern Mexico (University of Arizona Press); and co-editor of Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America (University of Arizona Press). In this presentation, Cruz-Torres will analyze the manner in which women in southern Sinaloa, Mexico, were able to carve out their own space within the male-dominated fishing industry. It focuses on the many struggles and challenges that women encountered in their path towards unionization, and the many dimensions of their work as shrimp traders. Based on long-term anthropological ethnographic fieldwork and framed within a Feminist Political Ecology Approach, this presentation illustrates a case study that connects women's relations to natural resources, labor production, the economic and social reproduction of households, and their location within global, and transborder processes.
||This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.