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Dr. Tamara Kay Publishes Book

Departmental News

Posted: Feb 24, 2016 - 12:00am

UNM Associate Professor Dr. Tamara Kay recently had a book published: NAFTA and the Politics of Labor Transnationalism. 2011. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series. A short description of the book:
When NAFTA went into effect in 1994, many feared it would intensify animosity among North American unions, lead to the scapegoating of Mexican workers and immigrants, and eclipse any possibility for cross-border labor cooperation. But far from polarizing workers, NAFTA unexpectedly helped stimulate labor transnationalism among key North American unions and erode union policies and discourses rooted in racism. Prof. Kay examines how NAFTA helped deepen labor solidarity on the continent, and why did some unions more readily engaged in transnational collaboration and embrace internationalism than others. In addition to making the provocative argument that global governance institutions can play a pivotal role in the development of transnational social movements, she suggests that globalization need not undermine labor movements: collectively, unions can help shape how the rules governing the global economy are made. 
Awards Received: 
Honorable Mention, 2013 Best Book Award, Sociology of Law Section, American Sociological Association; 
Honorable Mention, 2012 Best Book Award, Labor and Labor movements Section, American Sociological Association; and 

Finalist, 2013 Gordon Hirabyashi Human Rights Book Award, American Sociological Association