Frey on “The Transfer of Core-based Hazardous Production Processes to the Periphery”: Contributions, Inspirations, and Lasting Legacy

  • Kelly F. Austin Lehigh University
Keywords: political-economy, maquiladoras, export processing zones

Abstract

I consider Scott Frey’s work on “The Transfer of Core-Based Hazardous Production Processes to the Export Processing Zones of the Periphery: The Maquiladora Centers of Northern Mexico,” published in 2003, including the contributions of this research to broader thinking on world-systems theory and peripheral industrialization. I also discuss how Frey’s article has inspired my own research, and why I use this article in my seminar on The Political Economy of Globalization. I argue that the ideas presented in Frey’s article continue to be deeply relevant today. He leaves behind a legacy that will inspire and influence current and future generations of world-systems scholars and global citizens.

Author Biography

Kelly F. Austin, Lehigh University
Kelly F. Austin is an Associate Professor at Lehigh University. Her work specializes in examining global inequalities in health, the environment, and gender. Austin also carries outfieldwork on malaria in rural Uganda. Her work has been published in a variety of outlets, including Social Forces, Social Problems, and World Development.

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Published
2019-03-25
How to Cite
Austin, K. F. (2019). Frey on “The Transfer of Core-based Hazardous Production Processes to the Periphery”: Contributions, Inspirations, and Lasting Legacy. Journal of World-Systems Research, 25(1), 175-184. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2019.907
Section
In Memoriam: A Tribute to the Contributions of R. Scott Frey