Chad Broughton: "Boom, Bust, Exodus" | WOLA/Duke 2016 Human Rights Book Award
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University have named Chad Broughton’s book, "Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities," (Oxford University Press, 2016) as the winner of the 2016 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award. Broughton will be at Duke University on March 23, 2017 to accept the award.
"Boom, Bust, Exodus" traces the ripple effects of a single factory closing in Galesburg, Illinois, and its reopening in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, a border city in Mexico. Broughton uses a transnational and longitudinal approach to tell a human and humane story of the NAFTA era from the point of view of those most caught up in its dislocation – former industrial workers and their families in the Rust Belt; assemblers and activists in the borderland maquiladoras; and migrant laborers from the Mexican countryside.
Chad Broughton, senior lecturer in Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, conducted several years of fieldwork in the United States and Mexico, and interweaves stories of people, places, and policies in this narrative account.