Mexico and Globalization
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This paper argues that, while globalization is by no means uniformly bad for Mexico, it has created an environment in which Mexican workers are subject to events and pressures occurring in other parts of the world, which the Mexican government is relatively powerless to control. The author contemplates whether or not the porous national borders created by a truly global economy have exacerbated poverty in Mexico or whether multinationals flocking to Mexico because of its comparatively lower manufacturing costs have created jobs that allow impoverished Mexicans to climb up the socio-economic rung. The paper concludes that, while globalization may offer theoretical opportunities for the less-fortunate, it has really undermined their efforts to escape poverty by reducing and eliminating much-needed subsidies, tariffs, import-substitution measures, price controls and most other government regulatory efforts, which might bring relief to the millions of Mexicans below the poverty line.
From the Paper:"Finally, globalization has hurt Mexico's female working poor. Miriam Dinerman argues convincingly that globalization has led to the mass-movement of low-skilled and manufacturing positions out of the United States (and other affluent western nations) and into poorer countries - Mexico, of course, being one of them. In several of the aforementioned low-skill or low-wage industries - the lucrative garment industry being chief among them - women make up the bulk of workers and are often ill-treated for their troubles. For example, Dinerman writes that, in addition to poor wages, they are burdened with long hours and with dangerous working conditions."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Cooper, Matthew. "Behind Globalization's Glitz", Nation, 277.8 (22 Sept. 2003): 17-20.
- Dinerman, Miriam. "Globalization as a Women's Issue". Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work, 18.2 (2003): 114-17.
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- Kopinak, Kathryn. "Maquiladora Industrialization of the Baja California Peninsula: The Co-existence of Thick and Thin Globalization with Economic Regionalism". International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, 27.2 (2003): 319-36.
- Ripton, John. "Lessons of Globalization: Encounters and Discoveries of US Secondary Students in Mexico". Educational Studies, 30.3 (2004): 307-18.
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