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The Social Costs of Industrial Growth in Northern Mexico

Kathryn Kopinak, editor
The Social Costs of Industrial Growth in Northern Mexico
ISBN: 978-1-87836-751-8
2005/392 pages
U.S.-Mexico Contemporary Perspectives Series
Distributed for the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego


The foreign export-processing industry is a global phenomenon, with factories known as maquiladoras in Mexico and Central America. While maquiladoras have gone through second- and third-generation production models, with corresponding research literature from business perspectives, the social analyses of these models and 'Mature Maquilization's' effects on health, the environment, infrastructure, and gender inequalities have not yet been adequately addressed.

Kathryn Kopinak's fine edited collection is a long-overdue, welcome addition to this gap in the literature. Drawing together a distinguished and committed group of scholars from North America, The Social Costs of Industrial Growth in Mexico provides careful and methodical knowledge on extensive third-generation social costs, with few benefits for workers' abilities to live healthy lives in which they enjoy fruits of their hard labor.


Kathryn Kopinak is professor of sociology at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario in London Ontario, Canada. Her current research interests include the environmental impact of Mexican maquiladora industries and their role in shaping regional economies. She is the author of Desert Capitalism and several articles on Mexican maquiladoras, including "Maquiladora Industrialization of the Baja California Peninsula: The Coexistence of Thick and Thin Globalization with Economic Regionalism," Journal of Urban and Regional Research (June 2003).


  • Accounts Payable: An Introduction—Kathryn Kopinak.
  • Skills Segmentation and Social Polarization in Tijuana's Maquiladoras —Alfredo Hualde.
  • Women in the Maquiladora Industry: Toward Understanding Gender and Regional Dynamics in Mexico—Maria Eugenia de la O Martinez.
  • Central American Development or Maquiladora Industry—Maria Eugenia Trejos.
  • Occupational and Population Health Profiles: A Public Health Perspective on the Social Costs and Benefits of Export-led Development—Sioban Harlow, Catalina Denman, and Leonor Cedillo
  • Maquiladoras, Air Pollution, and Human Health in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso—Allen Blackman.
  • ¿Cuanto Cuesta? Development and Water in Ambos Nogales and the Upper San Pedro Basin—Robert Varady and Barbara J. Morehouse.
  • Partnering for a New Approach: Maquiladoras, Government Agencies, Educational Institutions, Nonprofit Organizations, and Residents in Ambos Nogales—Diane Austin, Edna Mendoza, Michele Kimpel Guzman, and Alba Jaramillo.
  • Unions and Social Benefits in the Maquiladoras—Cirila Quintero Ramirez.
  • So What Is to Be Done? Maquila Justice Movements, Transnational Solidarity, and Dynamics of Resistance—Joe Brandy.
  • Development Diverted: Socioeconomic Characteristics and Impacts of Mature Maquilization—James M. Cyper.