Boom, Bust, Exodus by Chad Broughton Oxford University Press, 2015
What It's About
Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, The Maquias and a Tale of Two Cities by Chad Broughton.In Galesburg, Illinois, life revolves around the $15-an-hour jobs at a Maytag refrigerator operation—until the factory closes and moves to Mexico. Chad Broughton, a lecturer in public policy at the University of Chicago, follows the fates of the townspeople, from the union leaders to the assembly-line workers, as they contend with the closure. But Broughton doesn't stop there: He then follows the factory to Reynosa, Mexico, one of many cities that sprang up in the aftermath of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and where residents are so unfamiliar with the appliance company that they pronounce it "My-tyg." By studying the lives of the workers at each site, Broughton reveals how social and political conditions can make the same job look very different.
Target D.C. audience
Negotiators on international trade deals; Rust Belt lawmakers; corporate executives; anyone interested in labor rights.
"Our relationships with consumer goods such as smartphones or Smithfield bacon are immediate, visceral, and concrete. Our relationships to the human beings making our things, on the other hand, have only grown in distance and abstraction."