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Crossing the Factory Frontier: Gender, Place and Power in the Mexican Maquiladora

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Abstract:

A pressing question raised by contemporary feminist theorists is how to conceptualize the intricate relationship between women as social agents and “Women”— an ideological representation of a female subject. Scholars have shown how women must often disavow this Woman in trying to establish their own careers. This article explores one facet of this issue by tracing one woman's journey through a Mexican maquiladora in the hope of demonstrating how this ideology produces the capitalist division of labor through the reproduction of sex-difference, nationality, and ethnic categories within one firm. The account raises some interesting questions about resistance, which may not be resolvable in the context of the workplace alone.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8330.00047

Affiliations: University Aut. De Cd. Juárez.,

Publication date: July 1, 1997

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