By Maria Patricia Fernandez-Kelly
At the foundation of systematic examine and private adventure, For we're bought, I and My humans uncovers a few of the social expenditures of recent construction. Maria Patricia Fernandez-Kelly peels off the labels--"Made in Taiwan," "Assembled in Mexico"--and the alternate names--RCA, Sony, common automobiles, United applied sciences, normal electrical, Mattel, Chrysler, American sanatorium Supply--to display the hidden human dimensions of present-day multinational production procedures.
Focusing on Cuidad Juarez, situated on the United States-Mexican border, Fernandez-Kelly examines the truth of maquiladoras, the loads of meeting crops that because the Nineteen Sixties were utilized by the Mexican govt as a part of its improvement procedure. such a lot maquiladoras functionality as subsidiaries of enormous U.S.-based organisations and a majority of the staff are girls. Drawing from present wisdom in political financial system and anthropology, this learn makes a speciality of one universal denominator of the overseas department of labor--a turning out to be proletariat of 3rd international ladies exploited through what a few specialists are calling "the international meeting line."
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Low quality, reduced stocks, extreme delays, comparatively high prices and general unreliability are some of the reasons given by plant managers for the tepid (at best) response to the incorporation of Mexican parts into their manufacturing processes. The original incentives granted by the Mexican government and its compliance to the demands of multinational corporations have created a convenient boundary which is continuously used by maquiladoras to enhance their bargaining power visàvis labor and bureaucratic requirements.
He saw this effort as a potentially effective vehicle for opening jobs in Mexico that would arrest the flow of illegal migration from this country into the United States (NACLA 1975). Although there have been annual increases in the Mexican minimum wages, several factors including recent peso devaluations have combined to maintain ample wage differentials. 7). Of special interest in this respect is the willingness of Mexicans to do shift work on a sixday week basis, a feature scarce in the United States.
In part this has been due to the enormous impact of maquiladora industrialization. It was the objective of this program to transform the border region into a national windowcase (la ventana de México), to attract tourism and to provide formal mechanisms aimed at encouraging consumer purchases in Mexican territory (El Paso Economic Review 1969; Evans 1973). The latter consisted mainly of gross receipts tax rebates and reductions in freight charges linked to the sale of Mexican manufactured products along the border (Alcalá Quintero 1969).