M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Anthropology
This research investigates the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement on trade between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. As a result of increased competition in the agricultural sector, households in El Fresno, Michoacán, and El Paso de Piedra, Jalisco in Mexico had to compete with conventional agriculture from the United States. This ethnography studies how community members cooperate and work together to overcome difficulties caused by open markets. The research involved conducting twelve interviews in El Fresno and El Paso de Piedra using the framework of sustainable livelihood approach to understand how households use their resources to overcome challenges. Semi-structured interviews, economic network maps, and participant observation were also utilized to gain further insight. This research adds context to the livelihoods of people in these communities.
Chavez, Luis, "Structural Violence and Cooperation for Survival: Exploring Livelihood Strategies In Rural Mexico" (2023). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 7305.
Northern Illinois University
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