No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy by Wendy CallNo Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy by Wendy Call

No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy

byWendy Call

Hardcover | June 1, 2011

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Wendy Call visited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec—the lush sliver of land connecting the Yucatan Peninsula to the rest of Mexico—for the first time in 1997. She found herself in the midst of a storied land, a place Mexicans call their country's “little waist,” a place long known for its strong women, spirited marketplaces, and deep sense of independence. She also landed in the middle of a ferocious battle over plans to industrialize the region, where most people still fish, farm, and work in the forests. In the decade that followed her first visit, Call witnessed farmland being paved for new highways, oil spilling into rivers, and forests burning down. Through it all, local people fought to protect their lands and their livelihoods—and their very lives. 
Call’s story, No Word for Welcome, invites readers into the homes, classrooms, storefronts, and fishing boats of the isthmus, as well as the mahogany-paneled high-rise offices of those striving to control the region. With timely and invaluable insights into the development battle, Call shows that the people who have suffered most from economic globalization have some of the clearest ideas about how we can all survive it.
Wendy Call is a recent writer-in-residence at Seattle University, New College of Florida, and Harborview Medical Center. She is the coeditor of Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide, author of numerous essays, and translator of Mexican poetry and short fiction.
Title:No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global EconomyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.76 × 5.85 × 1.1 inPublished:June 1, 2011Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803235100

ISBN - 13:9780803235106

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   000

Introduction: Drawing an Old Map    000

1. Learning the Lay of the Land     000

2. Time Travel    000

3. Ocean's Mouth Empties      000

4. A Village of Sand    000

5. Worshipping a Wooden Cross 000

6. Isthmus Defended     000

7. We Come Here to Name Ourselves   000

8. Peregrination  000

9. Outpost of the Poor  000

10. Celebrate Saint Francis of the Sea    000

11. Gourd Full of Gold  000

12. Redrawing the Map   000

Source Notes      000

Index 000

Editorial Reviews

"[This book] cuts through the rhetoric of globalization . . . . Author Wendy Call shows the effects of industrialization not by preaching against it or by romanticizing village life from afar. . . . In beautiful prose, she profiles a teacher, a fisherman and several activists in the region in order to show how even the threat of change can divide a community."—Michelle Seaton, Head Juror, Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction - Michelle Seaton