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Genders in Production: Making Workers in Mexico's Global Factories

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In this engrossing and original book, Leslie Salzinger takes us with her into the gendered world of Mexico's global factories. Her careful ethnographic work, personal voice, and sophisticated analysis capture the feel of life inside the maquiladoras and make a compelling case that transnational production is a gendered process. The research grounds contemporary feminist ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 3rd 2003 by University of California Press (first published 2003)
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Lara Torgesen
Oct 10, 2008 Lara Torgesen rated it really liked it
Leslie Salzinger’s book Genders in Production is a fascinating ethnography focused on the global factories of Mexico’s northern border. Known as “maquiladoras,” these production factories of many multinational corporations are well known for their cheap labor. In contrast to the “first-world” labor workforce, where the ideal worker is typically imagined as the “unencumbered white male,” the ideal worker in the “third-world” labor workforce is imagined as cheap, docile, dextrous, and female. The ...more
Christine Esche
Apr 19, 2010 Christine Esche rated it it was ok
Leslie Salzinger takes readers through the author’s experiences, perceptions, and analysis of working on the shop floors of four maquilas in the city of Juarez. Ever since the lifting of trade barriers to Mexico in the 1970s, transnational export-processing plants, or maquilas, have sprung up in cities just south of the U.S./Mexican border to take advantage of cheap labor. Women make up an overwhelming majority of this labor. After working in four distinct Juarez maquilas, Salzinger concludes ...more
Lindsay Allison
Jul 25, 2016 Lindsay Allison rated it liked it
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"In this engrossing and original book..."

No. This book was not engrossing. There were definitely areas that were interesting. And there were some thought-provoking points made about the influence of management on the definition of gender norms within the factories and how they played against local communities' definitions of gender. But at no point was I engrossed with this book.

As most academic books are, this was hard to follow at times. And there were so many points where the author was repet
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Megan
I thought Salzinger was a little too self-conscious in this ethnography, which perhaps is just representative of the state of anthropology at the time: lots of positioning of the author within larger relations of power, lots of discussion of the author's particular vantage point, the lack of complete objectivity, etc. But despite this, she provides an excellent analysis of the way shop-floor arrangements in several maquiladoras help forge the gendered subjectivities of both male and female ...more
Amy
Feb 19, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
fascinating ethnography about the uses of gender to organize production in four Mexian maquilas. contests the transnational image of the "docile third world woman worker." shows how gendered subjectivities are produced through workshop organization.
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