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Women Workers in the Maquiladoras and the Debate on Global Labor Standards
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. (Statvetenskap)
Colegio de la Frontera Norte-Matamoros. Mexico. (Border studies)
Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands. (International Relations)
Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, México. (Border Studies)
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2010 (English)In: Feminist Economics, ISSN 1354-5101, Vol. 16, no 4, 185-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper represents a collective contribution to an ongoing debate on the benefits and disadvantages of  export-based industry jobs  for women as well as on the implications  of  global labor standards for these type of jobs. On the basis of extensive research on women in Mexico’s and Central America’s maquiladoras, this paper aims to problematize the viewpoints that present  export-based industry jobs as dignified alternatives for women in the South and to question the  scepticism around  global labor standards as a possible alternative for improving work conditions in all sectors producing for export. In so doing, the paper stresses three interrelated issues: a) the relevance of local and regional contexts that inform diverse industrialization paths over time, b) the agency the women workers represent and c) the legal instruments already existent in our common strive for solutions towards the aim of dignified jobs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
England: Routledge , 2010. Vol. 16, no 4, 185-209 p.
Keyword [en]
export-oriented growth, female labor-force participation, globalization, labor standards, maquiladoras
Keyword [sv]
statsvetenskap
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Economics and Business
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Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-9169OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-9169DiVA: diva2:359180
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Transnational networking around Free Trade issues seen by the South: the experience of Mexican organized women workers.Global Economic Restructuring in El Salvador: Women’s Voices and Agency facing maquila work and migrant remittances
Available from: 2010-10-26 Created: 2010-10-26 Last updated: 2014-03-07Bibliographically approved

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