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Anay's Will to Learn

A Woman's Education in the Shadow of the Maquiladoras

By Elaine Hampton with Anay Palomeque de Carrillo

Publication Year: 2013

This ethnographic case study provides a personal view of a maquiladora worker’s struggles with factory labor conditions, poverty, and violence as she journeys toward education, financial opportunity, and, ultimately, empowerment.

Published by: University of Texas Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii


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pp. ix-xii

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pp. 1-24

Anay’s Will to Learn explores education in an era of dramatic social and economic upheaval in rural and urban Mexico. Th e guide through that exploration is a young woman, Anay Palomeque de Carrillo,1 who lived in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, during the early years of...

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1. Meeting Anay

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pp. 25-30

In the border areas, churches oft en serve as vehicles for cross-border connections and collaborations. My home, Las Cruces, New Mexico, is about forty miles up the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juárez. In 2002 a friend who is a member of the Church of Christ in Las Cruces invited me...

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2. Childhood in Southern Mexico

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pp. 31-53

Anay’s family and her experiences as a child are centered in a village in southern Mexico of about forty thousand people. In this book, we will call the village Huixpan. In the summer of 2008, Anay and I traveled to Huixpan to meet her family, friends, and teachers and to learn...

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3. Rural School in Southern Mexico

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pp. 54-64

I loved elementary school. In first, second, and third grade I had to walk to Huixpan every day to school. It took about forty-five minutes, and you know my Grandfather did not want me to go alone. So he walked with me to town, then walked home, then walked back to pick me up, and...

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4. Ofelia and the Move to Ciudad Juárez

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pp. 65-86

Anay entered a new phase of her life when she moved to Ciudad Juárez, where she met her husband and began her family. To better understand Anay’s history and her move to the border, we will meet Anay’s mother...

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5. School in Ciudad Juárez

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pp. 87-107

Anay never let go of her passion to achieve a full education and attend a university. Her successful experiences in elementary school in rural Mexico motivated her, fueling her confidence and determination. Her path to achieving an undergraduate education serves as a window...

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6. Maquiladoras and Violence

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pp. 108-129

In the early years of our research collaboration, Anay, Enrique, and I visited many communities on the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez, communities that had sprung up in the past few years to accommodate the 250,000 maquiladora employees. Virtually every member of these communities had recently moved to the...

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7. Leaving Ciudad Juárez

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pp. 130-138

Several weeks before Anay graduated from high school, she called with exciting news. She and Enrique had new jobs. An innovative program provided by some level of Mexican government was funding job training for citizens who were seeking work. Those selected would participate...

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8. The Missionary and the Beauty School

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pp. 139-150

Anay and her family had moved 1,500 miles away, and I did not hear from her for months. Her computer was not working. She had access to a telephone, but the technology to make calls to the United States was difficult to manipulate and very costly. I tried calling the number...

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pp. 151-154

In December of 2011, the first class of thirty-two students graduated from Anay’s beauty school in Huixpan. In January the new cohorts began, and all sessions were full. I visited her in March, and she showed me three new beauty shops in Huixpan—evidence of her graduates’ first economic...


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pp. 155-160

Works Cited

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pp. 161-166


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pp. 167-169

E-ISBN-13: 9780292744288
E-ISBN-10: 0292744285
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292744264
Print-ISBN-10: 0292744269

Page Count: 181
Illustrations: none
Publication Year: 2013