Labor turnover among maquiladora workers of highland Guatemala: Resistance and semiproletarianization in global capitalism

Liliana R. Goldín

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    In-depth interviews and a three-wave longitudinal study of workers in international export-processing plants (maquiladoras, referred to here as maquilas) of the central highlands of Guatemala were conducted to explore the effects of labor turnover on individuals and households. The data suggest a framework in which labor conditions and sources of support at home are linked to turnover of youths working in the maquila. Turnover in the study is associated with decreased input into important household decisions and a lowered sense of adjustment and life satisfaction. Despite this, turnover is often volitional, representing a form of resistance and response on the part of workers to adverse working conditions in the factories. The study reveals the complex dynamics underlying both involuntary and voluntary turnover in the maquilas.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)133-156
    Number of pages24
    JournalLatin American Research Review
    Volume46
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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    Guatemala
    capitalism
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    capitalist society
    labor
    worker
    working conditions
    factory
    longitudinal study
    Turnover
    Workers
    Global capitalism
    Maquiladora
    Labour turnover
    Global Capitalism
    Highlands
    Labor
    interview
    Household

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    • Sociology and Political Science

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    Labor turnover among maquiladora workers of highland Guatemala : Resistance and semiproletarianization in global capitalism. / Goldín, Liliana R.

    In: Latin American Research Review, Vol. 46, No. 3, 01.01.2011, p. 133-156.

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