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

Kelly F. Austin


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.


political-economy, maquiladoras, export processing zones

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