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Gender, aging, and work: aging workers' strategies to confront the demands of production in maquiladora plants in Nogales, Mexico.

Authors
Adarga-MS; Becerril-LC; Champion-CD
Source
New Solut 2010 Apr; 20(4):479-495
NIOSHTIC No.
20038971
Abstract
This work is part of a qualitative socio-cultural investigation with a group of men and women 40 years and older in the maquila export industry in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. In 1994, as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement, maquila plants combined traditional intensive work methods with new "just in time" production norms that impacted work and health conditions, particularly in older, or aging, workers. The workers that were interviewed for this study show a reduction in their functional ability to work starting at 40 years of age. Work organization demands, general health conditions, and a decrease in physical abilities brings these 40-year-old workers to prematurely construct an image of themselves as aging workers and to develop coping strategies that vary by gender.
Keywords
Workers; Worker-health; Age-factors; Age-groups; Sex-factors; Industrial-factory-workers; Work-capability; Work-capacity; Work-performance; Job-stress; Work-operations; Work-organization; Coping-behavior; Physical-capacity; Health-surveys
Contact
Mireya Scarone Adarga, Concordia No. 30, Villa SatÚlite, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico 83200
CODEN
NESLES
Publication Date
20100401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
misca77@hotmail.com
Funding Amount
27459
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R13-OH-009462
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1048-2911
Source Name
New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Los Angeles
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