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NAFTA and Beyond

NAFTA and Beyond
Alternative Perspectives in the Study of Global Trade and Development

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March 2007 | 287 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

As industrial globalization continues to surge, the impact of free trade on a global economy has remained one of the most debated topics in the sociopolitical arena. With the swelling popularity of the neo-liberal approach among economists and policy makers, it's crucial to keep the social, political, and environmental consequences of unrestricted trade at the forefront of the discussion.

One of the most recent neo-liberal projects, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), is an example of how the term free trade can bear distinct and contradictory meanings. Examining and clarifying the complex dimensions of NAFTA and its consequences sits at the core of this special issue of The Annals, which extends to offer in-depth analyses of specific countries and regions in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Reflecting an interdisciplinary perspective from a group of distinguished scholars, the papers in this timely and thought-provoking issue are divided into three major sections:

I. Political and Economic Dimensions of Free Trade

Offering a bird's eye perspective on the global landscape, this first section provides readers with a solid framework to understand the concepts and applications of neo-liberal policies.

II. NAFTA, Labor, and the Nation State

Focusing on the relationship between labor and the state, these papers look at the causes and implications of economic globalization on economic inequality, civil society, and indigenous movements.

III. Regionalization and Primary Goods Extraction

What effects do neo-liberal projects have on agricultural, mining, and other primary resources? This final section reviews the environmental impact of a global economy.

As the neo-liberalism approach continues to gain momentum, economists, sociologists, political scientists, and anthropologists must stay persistent in sustaining the debate over free trade tactics and their consequences. Providing an overall framework of the global landscape along with specific consequences of free trade, this issue of The Annals is a must-read for scholars and policy makers alike.

Patricia Fernández-Kelly
PART 1: Political and Economic Dimensions of Free Trade
David Harvey
Neoliberalism as Creative Destruction
Miguel Ángel Centeno
Liberalism and the Good Society in the Iberian World
Alejandro Portes
Migration and Development: A Conceptual Review of the Evidence
Patricia Fernández-Kelly and Douglas Massey
Borders for Whom? The Role of NAFTA in Mexican Migration
PART 2: NAFTA, Labor and the National State
Raúl Delgado Wise and James M. Cypher
The Strategic Role of Mexican Labor under NAFTA: Critical Perspectives on Current Economic Integration
Rina Agarwala
Resistance and Compliance in the Age of Globalization: Indian Women and Labor Organizations
Deborah Yashar
Resistance and Identity Politics in an Age of 'Globalization
Jon Shefner
Rethinking Civil Society in the Age of NAFTA: the Case of Mexico
PART 3: Regionalization and the Foray on Primary Goods
Barbara Stallings
Globalization, Liberalization, and Capital Volatility: Who Benefits?
Frederick Wherry
Trading Impressions: Crafts Production in post-CAFTA Costa Rica
Donald Light
Globalizing Restricted and Segmented Markets: Challenges to Theory and Values in Economic Sociology
Paul K. Gellert
Renegotiating Transnational Alliances in the Production of Asian Timber: From Managed to Free(r) Markets

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