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Maylei Blackwell

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Geographies of Difference: Transborder Organizing and Indigenous Women’s Activism

Based on a collaborative research relationship with activists of the Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales forged over many years, this essay explores the uneven transnational terrains of power that structure indigenous transborder organizing and the radically uneven geographies of difference that organizers must learn to navigate in various locales in Oaxaca and California. The author discusses how transborder activists are navigating geographies of difference in the following ways: (1) multiple scales of leadership and scales of economy as people organize for economic livelihood; (2) multiple generational strategies to offset differential accesses to power and resources across geographies of difference; (3) gendered geographies and the way they are rearranged in migration; (4) how geographies of difference are producing new meanings of indigeneity especially in relation to mobility.

indigenous transborder organizing, Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 42, Nos. 3-4 (2015): 137-154

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