A Tale of Two Cities: Globalization on the Border

By Melinda Haley.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper will describe the impact that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has had on the people and communities who live on the border between the United States and México, primarily Juárez, Chihuahua, México and El Paso, Texas, USA. Specifically, I will discuss how the construct and policies of globalization, the conditions brought forth by NAFTA, and the de-industrialization of El Paso Texas along with the increased industrialization of Juárez México have impacted the economic, employment, and sociocultural conditions of this particular border area. Within this discussion, I will illustrate how citizens from the US and México have joined forces to fight the injustices inherent in the consequences brought forth by NAFTA. These various citizen protests and grassroots organizations have tried to transcend diverse issues, such as language, social class, gender, religion, geopolitical boundaries, and ethnicity, in order to work in harmony to improve conditions on this border. This discussion will have an emphasis on how these efforts have effected change and are empowering the people who live on the border.

Keywords: United States, Mexico, North American Free Trade Agreement, Grassroots Organizations, Social Justice, Globalization, Diversity

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp.85-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 781.067KB).

Dr. Melinda Haley

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Services, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA

Melinda Haley, received her doctorate in counseling psychology from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, El Paso. She has written numerous book chapters, journal articles, and multimedia presentations on diverse topics related to counseling, psychology, and social justice. She has extensive applied counseling experience working with adults, adolescents, children, inmates, HIV/AIDS patients, domestic violence offenders, and culturally diverse populations in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, crisis management, and intervention. She is currently working on her licensure as a psychologist in the state of New Mexico through her own private practice. Her research interests also include multicultural issues in teaching and counseling; personality development over the lifespan and personality disorders; the psychology of criminal and serial offenders; jury bias and the American criminal justice system; trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder; and, the psychology behind ethnic cleansing, prejudice, and racism. She was recently invited to present at the American Institute of Higher Education in Nashville Tennessee and at the Oxford Round Table held at the University of Oxford in Oxford England. She has co-written several grants to secure funds to help underserved populations access counseling services.


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