2019 Faculty Books & Film

Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity
by Daniel Martinez HoSang and Joseph E. Lowndes
University of Minnesota Press, 2019

Synopsis: Daniel Martinez HoSang and Joseph E. Lowndes show that while racial subordination is an enduring feature of U.S. political history, it continually changes in response to shifting economic and political conditions, interests, and structures. From the militia movement to the Alt-Right to the mainstream Republican Party, Producers, Parasites, Patriots brings to light the changing role of race in right-wing politics.

Joseph E. Lowndes is an associate professor in the UO Department of Political Science. Daniel HoSang is an associate professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. He previously taught at UO.

Fair Trade Rebels: Coffee Production and Struggles for Autonomy in Chiapas
by Lindsay Naylor
Diverse Economies and Livable Worlds Series.
University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Synopsis: Is fair trade really fair? Who is it for, and who gets to decide? Fair Trade Rebels addresses such questions in a new way by shifting the focus from the abstract concept of fair trade–and whether it is “working”–to the perspectives of small farmers. It examines the everyday experiences of resistance and agricultural practice among the campesinos/as of Chiapas, Mexico, who struggle for dignified livelihoods in self-declared autonomous communities in the highlands, confronting inequalities locally in what is really a global corporate agricultural chain. Based on extensive fieldwork, Fair Trade Rebels draws on stories from Chiapas that have emerged from the farmers’ interaction with both the fair-trade-certified marketplace and state violence. Here Lindsay Naylor discusses the racialized and historical backdrop of coffee production and rebel autonomy in the highlands, underscores the divergence of movements for fairer trade and the so-called alternative certified market, traces the network of such movements from the highlands and into the United States, and evaluates existing food sovereignty and diverse economic exchanges. Putting decolonial thinking in conversation with diverse economies theory, Fair Trade Rebels evaluates fair trade not by the measure of its success or failure but through a unique, place-based approach that expands our understanding of the relationship between fair trade, autonomy, and economic development.

Lindsay Naylor is an assistant professor, Dept. of Geography & Spatial Sciences, College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment at the University of Delaware. As a graduate student at the University of Oregon, she was the recipient of a 2010 CLLAS Graduate Student Research Grant for “Harnessing Multiple Movements: The Intersection of Fair Trade and the Zapatista Movement in Chiapas, Mexico.”

La Serenata
Directed by Adelina Anthony
Written by Ernesto Javier Martínez
2019 | Short Film / Aderisa Productions 

Synopsis: A Mexican-American boy learns from his parents about  serenatas, and why demonstrating romantic affection proudly, publicly, and through song is such a treasured Mexican tradition. One day, the boy asks his parents if there is a song for a boy who loves a boy. The parents, surprised by the question and unsure of how to answer, must decide how to honor their son and how to reimagine a beloved tradition.

Film Festivals: Official Selection, Outfest Fusion LGBTQ People of Color Film Festival, 2019; Official Selection, San Diego Latino Film Festival, 2019

Ernesto Martínez is an associate professor in the UO Department of Ethnic Studies.




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2019 Judge Yassmin Barrios Lecture / photos by Jack Liu

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