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Altha Cravey. Women and Work in Mexico's Maquiladoras. Boulder, Colo.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1999. $52.00 hardcover (ISBN 0-8476-8885-2), $19.95 paperback (0-8476-8886-0).
Cravey's book tackles a subject unattended to by most labor historians: gender in Mexico's maquiladora work environment. Above and beyond that, it provides valuable insights into the broader history of Mexican labor from a political and economic perspective. Cravey's basic point, which she states in different ways, is that the evolution of Mexican labor from state-led industry to maquiladora factories has handed tight control to huge corporations which value money and devalue social reproduction in Mexican society. She presents an interesting lens through which the reader can approach the study of labor in Mexico.
In the introduction, Cravey lays out the basic …