Dollars, “free trade,” and migration: the combined forces of alienation in postwar El Salvador

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Show simple item record Garni, Alisa M. Weyher, L. Frank 2013-10-10T13:35:45Z 2013-10-10T13:35:45Z 2013-10-10
dc.description.abstract Driven by new conditions of desperation and alienation, mass migration in postwar El Salvador has continued unabated. While this migration could be seen as a way of “opting out” of on-going class struggle, we argue that it instead represents a critical dissipation of class relations and struggle. In the postwar context, the ruling class and the Salvadoran state now seek to capitalize upon the alienation of its own people and responses to that alienation – i.e., upon migration and the remittances it generates. The ruling class has ensured its economic domination regardless of who controls the state. Seeking to legitimize and maximize seizures of citizens’ income as it flows across borders as a matter of “economic” and “development” policy, the ruling class has depleted the productive base through which class struggle would ordinarily occur, creating new forces of alienation in El Salvador and extending the need for many Salvadorans to migrate. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.subject Alienation en_US
dc.subject Migration en_US
dc.subject Dollarization en_US
dc.subject Class relations en_US
dc.subject El Salvador en_US
dc.title Dollars, “free trade,” and migration: the combined forces of alienation in postwar El Salvador en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US 2013 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1177/0094582X13492126 en_US
dc.citation.epage 77 en_US
dc.citation.issue 5 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Latin American Perspectives en_US
dc.citation.spage 62 en_US
dc.citation.volume 40 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid amgarni en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid weyher en_US

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