From the Finca to the Maquila: Labor and Capitalist Development in Central America

From the Finca to the Maquila: Labor and Capitalist Development in Central America

From the Finca to the Maquila: Labor and Capitalist Development in Central America

From the Finca to the Maquila: Labor and Capitalist Development in Central America

Synopsis

Central America, like the rest of Latin America, is undergoing important changes as a result of several structural adjustments in the political arena. But for most countries here, what shows a stubborn persistence is social development-namely, generalized poverty. From the Finca to the Maquilla addresses this issue by exploring the link between economic growth & equity in this region. It examines the ways the Latin American labor market constitutes a privileged arena for studying the consequences of economic performance on society through a comparative analysis of Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, & Costa Rica. The book shows how labor relations have remained precarious over time & social actors, namely trade unions, have been weak. Exploring the persistence of these historical trends, the text highlights major impediments & challenges for current social development in Central America.
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