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Young migrants in the borderlands: femicide in Cd. Juárez and the state discourse and initiatives on female working class, brown citizens in the border.
Unformatted Document Text:  1 Young migrants in the borderlands: femicide in Cd. Juárez and the state discourse and initiatives on female working class, brown citizens in the border. “It seems that the lives of women are so devaluated that the groups in power are not interested in defending them. We are talking about 76 women being killed by a serial killer. Nowhere in the world and history will you find this type of phenomenon. We are working against the current because not only poor young women are being killed, but now many of us, those who are participating in NGOs defending women’s rights, have received death threats. We feel quite vulnerable, we are living in a real state of emergency.” Sonia Torres. Activist of the OrganizaciĂłn Popular Independiente (OPI) in Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua. When I started this project I intended to understand the transformations in gendering, in women's subjectivities, and in women’s notions of membership. I was particularly interested in understanding how international migration alters gender patterns and how the formation of transnational households can empower women. I wanted to focus on the household as a key analytical category to understand global economic processes and on new forms of cross-border solidarity. Some of my guiding questions were: Does the growth of informalization in advanced urban economies reconfigure some types of economic relations between men and women? I wanted to explore gains and losses in this process. I was particularly interested in knowing whether women can earn and control income and to break away from the hold of patriarchal structures, including traditional household and familial relations. However, since this study is based on grounded theory, that is, allowing a theory to emerge from the data

Authors: Chew, Martha. and Prieto, Leonel.
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Young migrants in the borderlands: femicide in Cd. Juárez and the state discourse
and initiatives on female working class, brown citizens in the border.
“It seems that the lives of women are so devaluated that the groups in power
are not interested in defending them. We are talking about 76 women
being killed by a serial killer. Nowhere in the world and history will you find
this type of phenomenon. We are working against the current because not only
poor young women are being killed, but now many of us, those who are participating
in NGOs defending women’s rights, have received death threats.
We feel quite vulnerable, we are living in a real state of emergency.”
Sonia Torres. Activist of the Organización Popular Independiente (OPI) in Cd. Juárez,
Chihuahua.
When I started this project I intended to understand the transformations in
gendering, in women's subjectivities, and in women’s notions of membership. I was
particularly interested in understanding how international migration alters gender
patterns and how the formation of transnational households can empower women. I
wanted to focus on the household as a key analytical category to understand global
economic processes and on new forms of cross-border solidarity. Some of my guiding
questions were: Does the growth of informalization in advanced urban economies
reconfigure some types of economic relations between men and women? I wanted to
explore gains and losses in this process. I was particularly interested in knowing whether
women can earn and control income and to break away from the hold of patriarchal
structures, including traditional household and familial relations. However, since this
study is based on grounded theory, that is, allowing a theory to emerge from the data


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