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The terror of the machine : technology, work, gender, and ecology on the U.S.-Mexico border

Author: Devon Gerardo Peña
Publisher: Austin : CMAS Books, ©1997.
Series: CMAS border & migration studies series.
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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 ethnography, the author delineates the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Interviews
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Peña, Devon Gerardo.
Terror of the machine.
Austin : CMAS Books, ©1997
(DLC) 96002352
(OCoLC)34410483
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Devon Gerardo Peña
ISBN: 058523437X 9780585234373
OCLC Number: 44955684
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 460 pages) : map.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: CMAS border & migration studies series.
Responsibility: Devon G. Peña.

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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 ethnography, the author delineates the "dialectics of domination and resistance in the maquilas," and develops a telling critique of labor-process theory - a critique grounded on his extensive study of actual workplace politics in the maquiladoras. Writing with grace, passion, and scholarly rigor, Devon Pena first locates the maquila industry within the history of workplace organizations. He then examines border workplace and community struggles from the perspectives of the women who work in the maquiladoras - devoting ample space to the workers' own narratives. He describes the workers' struggles for democracy and social justice in the workplace, and for sustainable development. He also observes the circulation of struggle from factory to community, highlighting the efforts to establish worker-owned cooperatives in the border region during the 1970s and 1980s. The Terror of the Machine is a trenchant, vivid analysis of the political, cultural, and environmental effects of maquila industrialization, and an eloquent and persuasive call for alternative modes of development that are ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate.

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