The spatial restructuring of work and maquiladoras of the auto industry

Murphy, Fidelma and McDonough, Terrence (2011) The spatial restructuring of work and maquiladoras of the auto industry. In: 13th Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics : Economists of Tomorrow; 07 - 09 Jul 2011, Nottingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Spatial restructuring of work across borders is an ongoing process that relies on heterogeneity of place. Strategic differentiation is fundamental as the more and greater are differences in the organisation of work; the more local labour forces are undermined. Taking the Mexican maquiladora automotive industry as an example of cross-border spatial restructuring, the paper asks if and how labour is undermined by: 1) consciously constructed functional differences and; 2) the active exploitation of existing local differences. Strategic differentiation is heavily dependent on the specifics of place, while the specifics of place themselves can serve as additional, pre-existing sources of differentiation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: 13th Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics : Economists of Tomorrow
Organising Body: Association of Heterodox Economics
Research Area: Economics and econometrics
Sociology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Economics (until November 2012)
Depositing User: Fidelma Murphy
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 13:00
Last Modified: 05 May 2017 13:00
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/19358

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