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Negotiating power: A new discourse of the maquiladora industry in Ciudad Juarez


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The Mexican maquiladora industry was thirty-four years old in 1999, the second summer of my field work. Many maquiladora workers are second and in a few cases third generation in their families in the industry. This dissertation is about the spaces they have negotiated. Maquiladora workers live a variety of lifestyles. Some get up in the morning, go to work and return to their families at the end of their shifts. Others have started or are saving to start their own enterprises. Some (especially women) have used the economic stability wage work provides to leave the confines of their families or marriages. Some maquiladora workers have renegotiated family relations, in part as a result of their financial independence and their experience of gender equality in the workplace. A few have moved in and out of the industry to bridge slow periods in their independent entrepreneurial activities. Collectively, and in some cases individually, maquiladora workers have affected the conditions and relations of production where they work. I will interpret their stories discourse of difference, one in which relations of power are produced, not assumed. My goal is to contribute to changing the direction of the academic debate that has surrounded the industry by constructing a new way of seeing what is happening and how participants are affected. Opening a new discursive space can allow that which is there but not seen to emerge and perhaps offer new political and economic possibilities for maquiladora workers.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology;
Business costs;
Geography;
Twin plants;
Employees;
Lifestyles;
Work environment;
Studies
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
0505: Business costs
0366: Geography
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Ciudad Juarez, Discourse, Maquiladora, Mexico, Power
Title
Negotiating power: A new discourse of the maquiladora industry in Ciudad Juarez
Author
Hamm, James H.
Number of pages
272
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 66/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496976447, 0496976443
Advisor
Graham, Julie
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3163670
ProQuest document ID
304993762
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304993762
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