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The Terror of the Machine: Technology, Work, Gender, and Ecology on the U.S.-Mexico Border

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Born of more than ten years of field research, this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary work explores the complex intersections of technology, class, gender, and ecology in the transnational milieu of Mexico's maquiladoras, foreign-owned assembly plants located along the U.S. border. Using a full palette including survey research, oral history, discourse analysis, and site ...more
Paperback, 477 pages
Published April 15th 1997 by University of Texas Press (first published 1997)
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Daniella
The voices of the workers abound in the book which I really like in addition to the author’s own voice. It’s about the maquiladoras on the Mexico-U.S. Border. Peña says that the terror stems from the repetitive labor of the assembly line process which was not invented by Henry Ford but Fordism used it for mass production. It also stems from Taylorism or scientific management by the industrial engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor and his ‘time and motion studies’ to basically make the workers’ ...more
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