Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Doctor David J. Robinson
Doctor Francine D’Amico
Citizenship and Public Affairs
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Other International and Area Studies
The maquila industry in Latin America has received much attention due to its predominant presence in Mexico and several Central American countries. Numerous studies explore the nuances of the maquila industry in Mexico, yet few studies focus on other nations. This project concentrates on Honduras, the country where I was raised for eighteen years. Many Communities affected by this industry believe maquila owners prefer to employ young women over male applicants. This is also true for Honduras. Many scholars believe the owners’ motives lie behind the so-called docility characteristic of these young females. Critics of the industry argue that maquilas in Honduras permit inhumane abuses of young women and girls. On the other hand, supporters argue that maquilas offer financial independence to thousands of women who would otherwise grapple with poverty and a lack of resources. This study investigates the industry and its effects on Honduran women and society overall. It rejects all preconceived notions that envelop maquilas and focuses on structural issues that surround the country. If the maquila industry is unfair, it is only because Honduras currently finds itself struggling with corruption, violence, and other circumstances that hinder many processes from becoming full-fledged industries that will benefit the country and its citizens, not just foreign investors.
Viery, Andrea Mencia, "The Development of the Maquila Industry in Honduras: A Holistic Approach to the Industry’s Effect on Women and Honduran Society" (2014). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 807.
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