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

Genders in Production: Making Workers in Mexico's Global Factories
Author: Leslie Salzinger
ISBN 13: 9780520235397
ISBN 10: 520235398
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2003-04-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
List Price: $34.95

"The title of this book has a double resonance: it refers to the ways that factories on the U.S.-Mexican border both structure gendered labor forces and, in so doing, produce gender itself. Through case studies of employment and management in four different factories, Salzinger beautifully demonstrates the variability and flexibility of concepts of masculinity and femininity, the fact that they are context-dependent performative behaviors. The ethnographically based empirical data provided, as well as the sophisticated mastery of theory, make this book an unusually rich contribution to the fields of international labor and gender studies."—Joan W. Scott, author of Gender and the Politics of History

"This is an archeology of gendering. Salzinger brilliantly traces the specificities, variability, and contingencies in the emergence of gendered subjects across different production environments, moving from femininity as attribute to femininity as generative.
In so doing she launches a new phase in the study of women employed in off-shore production, with significant implications for women in factories generally."—Saskia Sassen, author of The Global City

"This is a book Border Studies has been waiting for—a pathbreaking study of the gendered meanings and identities at work in the transnational assembly plants that dominate the social landscape of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. . .. It will surely become a classic in the field."—Pablo Vila, author of Crossing Borders, Reinforcing Borders, and Ethnography at the Border