Class Struggle or Family Struggle?: The Lives of Women Factory Workers in South Korea

Class Struggle or Family Struggle?: The Lives of Women Factory Workers in South Korea

by Seung-kyung Kim
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521114659

ISBN-13: 9780521114653

Pub. Date: 06/25/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study complements the burgeoning literature on South Korean economic development by considering it from the perspective of young female factory workers in the Masan Free Export Zone, the group whose cheap labor underwrote the initial phases of Korea's economic growth and that continues to be the most poorly paid segment of the Korean labor force. In approaching…  See more details below

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This study complements the burgeoning literature on South Korean economic development by considering it from the perspective of young female factory workers in the Masan Free Export Zone, the group whose cheap labor underwrote the initial phases of Korea's economic growth and that continues to be the most poorly paid segment of the Korean labor force. In approaching development from this position, Professor Kim explores the opportunity and exploitation that industrial development has presented to female workers and humanizes the notion of the "Korean economic miracle" by examining its impact on their lives. The author analyzes how female workers envision their place in society, how they cope with economic and social marginalization in their daily lives, and how they develop strategies for a better future. In exploring these questions, the book considers the heterogeneity of female workers and the complexities of their experiences as women and as workers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521114653
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/25/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface: Field, Subject, Author
Acknowledgments
Language Note
1Women Caught between Global Capitalism and South Korean Patriarchy1
2The Process of Production in the Masan Free Export Zone19
3The Myth of Social Mobility: Its Creation and Reproduction among Women Workers57
4Labor Militancy and Collective Action97
5The Making of Working-Class Identity: Students' Theories and Workers' Lives129
6Conclusion170
References185
Index197

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