Salzinger’s “Genders in Production” on Mexico’s Maquila Workers


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Salzinger's "Genders in Production" on Mexico’s Maquila Workers
In Genders in Production, Leslie Salzinger develops an ethnographical assessment focused on the factories of Mexico’s northern border which assist in globalized methodologies of industrial production. Known as maquiladoras, these factories which are linked to the interests of multinational corporations are acknowledged for their cheap labour. This essay serves to explore whether or not Salzinger demonstrates that gender is an important issue in labor control and transnational production, using the maquiladoras as emblematic, and whether she shows how gender matters differently in distinct local contexts. In addition, this essay will also examine whether Salzinger is successful...
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.....are linked. The social context of international production can impact both formal and informal firm relationships, and can impact workers as well as decision-makers. As she writes, workers “become productive subjects through their interpellation in a gendered meaning structure” (Salzinger 100) and “created through recognizing her- or himself in another’s naming” (Salzinger 17). While this much is undoubtedly true, there is also a need to recognize how and why regional economies (which are mentioned but not explained) are integrated into this research, rather than extrapolating into a global setting.
Salzinger, L. Genders in Production: Making Workers in Mexico’s
Global Factories. Berkeley CA: University of California Press, 2003.