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Young migrants in the borderlands: femicide in Cd. Jurez and the state discourse and initiatives on female working class, brown citizens in the border.
Unformatted Document Text:  13 regional… yes, definitely, there is the idea that these maquiladora women are alone. I think there has been a misunderstanding of the free time and spaces for leisure. If you look at Juárez, there is absolutely nothing for working women.” Violence against women exists in various forms in everyday life in all societies. Women are beaten, mutilated, burned, sexually abused and raped. The questions of killings of young migrant working-class women of color cannot be separated from the broader question of relationships between women and men in all spheres of life, in society, the workplace and the family. Regarding the lack of a public social network aimed at better the quality of life of workers, Sonia Torres expressed to me that after the incorporation of women into the maquiladora “and with that all the social problematic that came with it. I mean the children left alone at home, the adult men started to consume alcohol and you see that unemployed men are alcoholic because jobs for men started to diminish. These problems are not the responsibility of women. There were not alternative public policies to support the fact that women went to work. The mainstream pretend to place women as guilty for going out of their homes and work. We have this phenomenon of killed women. The official discourse is that what happens with the families is responsibility of the families. What happens to my daughter is not necessarily my responsibility, not because I am a bad mother, but because this city generates the conditions, a breeding ground that does not allow a reasonable good quality of life. There has been a stigmatization of the mother of the girls who have been killed. They are constructed as bad parents.” The construction of working class youth Young people who live in the margins of the urban spaces and have a marginal life in the Mexican side of the border are usually referred to by the middle-class as “cholos” (Valenzuela & Manuel, 1988). Cholos and cholas, the urban working-class transgressive youth of the border are seen as the negation and embarrassment of the city, as the class that holds back the city, the retrograde, associated with gangs, crime, urban violence and social deviance in general. They are “la escoria de la sociedad.”

Authors: Chew, Martha. and Prieto, Leonel.
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regional… yes, definitely, there is the idea that these maquiladora women
are alone. I think there has been a misunderstanding of the free time and
spaces for leisure. If you look at Juárez, there is absolutely nothing for
working women.”
Violence against women exists in various forms in everyday life in all societies.
Women are beaten, mutilated, burned, sexually abused and raped. The questions of
killings of young migrant working-class women of color cannot be separated from the
broader question of relationships between women and men in all spheres of life, in
society, the workplace and the family. Regarding the lack of a public social network
aimed at better the quality of life of workers, Sonia Torres expressed to me that after the
incorporation of women into the maquiladora
“and with that all the social problematic that came with it. I mean the
children left alone at home, the adult men started to consume alcohol and
you see that unemployed men are alcoholic because jobs for men started
to diminish. These problems are not the responsibility of women. There
were not alternative public policies to support the fact that women went to
work. The mainstream pretend to place women as guilty for going out of
their homes and work. We have this phenomenon of killed women. The
official discourse is that what happens with the families is responsibility of
the families. What happens to my daughter is not necessarily my
responsibility, not because I am a bad mother, but because this city
generates the conditions, a breeding ground that does not allow a reasonable
good quality of life. There has been a stigmatization of the mother of
the girls who have been killed. They are constructed as bad parents.”
The construction of working class youth
Young people who live in the margins of the urban spaces and have a marginal
life in the Mexican side of the border are usually referred to by the middle-class as
cholos” (Valenzuela & Manuel, 1988). Cholos and cholas, the urban working-class
transgressive youth of the border are seen as the negation and embarrassment of the
city, as the class that holds back the city, the retrograde, associated with gangs, crime,
urban violence and social deviance in general. They are “la escoria de la sociedad.”


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