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Desert Capitalism: What are the Maquiladoras?

What are the Maquiladoras?

Foreword by Bruce Allen
Sociologist Kathryn Kopinak examines the maquiladora industry and explores various questions concerning how it is changing with NAFTA and other attempts at regional integration.

256 pages | 5.5 x 8.5

Economics and Business: Business--Industry and Labor

Sociology: Individual, State and Society


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Table of Contents

Table of Contents Forward to the Canadian Edition by Bruce Allen Chapter One: Thirty Years of Mexican Maquiladoras~Dualism or Heterogeneity in Maquiladoras/ Chapter Two: Implications of Economic Restructuring for Regional Development ~NAFTA’s Effect on the Western Industrial Corridor ~The Nogales, Sonora, Area as a Research Site ~Why Study Transport-Equipment Maquiladoras? /Chapter Three: Constructing the Nogales Maquiladora Labour Market in the Eighties ~Managers’ Perceptions of Labour Shortage ~Crisis as Myth ~The Nogales Labour Market ~The Search for Maquiladora Labour ~Is the Labour Market a Free Market? ~Job Incentives as Indicators of Social and Economic Disadvantage ~Gender Segmentation in the Labour Market ~Conclusion /Chapter Four: On the Home Front: Workers, Households and Community ~Nogales-Area Maquila Workers: A Demographic Profile ~Workers at Home ~Migration and Maquiladoras ~Housing and Living Conditions ~Conclusions /Chapter Five: Technology and the Organization of Work ~The Cost-Ineffectiveness of Advanced Technology ~Dual Technology ~De-skilling—or Downward Job Classification? ~Worker’s Acquisition of Skilled Jobs through Specialization ~The Importance of Extended Work Hours ~Conclusion /Chapter Six: Worker’s Reactions to Wages and Working Conditions ~How the Mexican Government Has Depressed Wages ~Working Smarter, Working Longer, or Collecting Coupons? ~Worker Benefits as Indirect Wages ~Ways to Increase Worker Satisfaction ~Unions’ Failure to Represent Nogales-Area Maquila Workers ~Turnover ~Conclusion /Chapter 7: Heterogeneous Maquila Development and Corridor Intégration in Crisis ~The Advance of Desert Capitalism ~The Immediate Effects of NAFTA and the 1994-95 Crisis ~Notes ~Bibliography ~Index

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