Grace Battista Ch 5: a. Particimex’s system enforces participation and personal responsibility, making each worker really involved in production. They have a progam called Cambio which is teams of workers that are collectively responsible for production. There’s 11 lines with 400 workers, each line divided into 4 groups of 6-10 workers. In each group there is a coordinator who is the leader who keeps track of production numbers and gives reports and there are support peo- ple who help the team, like when someone goes on break. When someone makes a mistake, the whole team gets blamed. This system of production makes workers feel personally invest- ed and responsible for their work. Particimex emphasizes moving away from traditional Mexi- can gender roles. The plant manager Jesus talks about disliking the negative connotation with macho Mexican males. The women also, with these Cambio groups, are encouraged to be more assertive and resonsible in production than in outside life. Outside the factory, the wom- en have to wait around at dances and constantly ask for permission from fathers, boyfriends and husbands. Particimex gives them control and autonomy that is refreshingly different from their traditional gender roles. Most of the workers are female, but the company or Cambio doesn’t discuss gender at all. Women aren’t sexual objects here, everyone wears the same thing and jewelry isn’t allowed. Instead, Particimex elicits a kind of femininity that is contrary to the traditional one exhibited outside the factory.
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