Transnational Labor, Motherhood, and Activism
This chapter examines the intersections of gendered and transnational labor, class, race, migration, and political activism in Flor Crisóstomo's life as a transnational worker, mother, and activist. Crisóstomo is an immigrant worker and mother from Mexico who turned into an activist after she was apprehended in a worksite immigration raid in 2006. She created a blog called FLOResiste to denounce neoliberal policies that have led to the migration of women and indigenous people and resulted in the separation of families. This chapter first situates Crisóstomo's experiences within theoretical understandings of transnational motherhood before discussing the circumstances that led her to migrate to the United States and expand on her experiences as a transnational worker until the raid. It also analyzes Crisóstomo's politicization through the immigrant rights movement, her defiance of a deportation order, and her activism and concludes by assessing how these events have transformed her perceptions and practices regarding parenting and placing those ideas in a transnational and neoliberal context.
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