Maqualidoras in Northern Mexico

Playtime in Pollution – Alamar River, Romel Jacinto, “Playtime in Pollution – Alamar River,” 2009, Flicker Creative Commons.

How has globalization affected people, nations, and capital? / Should the nation of Mexico allow transnational maquiladoras to operate in northern Mexico under the existing conditions?

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One effect of globalization has been the creation of maquiladoras, owned by transnational corporations but operating in Mexico, generally along the border with the United States. This case study of maquiladoras offers students the opportunity to analyze a complex problem that has no easy solution. Its goal is to get them to view the costs and opportunities of globalization from the perspective of Mexico as a nation and from the individual perspectives of Mexican managers, workers, and activists.