The Maquiladora Murders: Gendered Violence and Narrative Conflict
Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Charles F. Hanna
landmark narratives, maquiladora murders, NAFTA, social problems, violence against women
This study analyzes the social construction of a wave of female homicides in the area surrounding the maquiladora plants in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Generally, I determine how these murders are constructed as a significant social problem, but not as a landmark narrative for violence against women. Specifically, I address how the murders are used as atrocity tales against the North American Free Trade Agreement in order to exemplify the unforeseen violence produced by the policy. My research begins with a basic content analysis of 35 narratives from newspapers, human rights reports, and academic journals. After determining that 16 narratives claim NAFTA as a cause of the murders in Juarez, I further analyze those claims and discover that gender issues are intertwined with the trade agreement. Through analysis, I conclude that the policy of NAFTA has aided in the disruption of the social fabric of Mexican society.
Pantaleo, K. (2008). The Maquiladora Murders: Gendered Violence and Narrative Conflict (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1674