The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers: From Household and Factory to the Union Hall and Ballot Box

The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers: From Household and Factory to the Union Hall and Ballot Box

by John D. French
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822320002

ISBN-13: 9780822320005

Pub. Date: 12/04/1997

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers examines the lives of Latin American women who entered factory labor in increasing numbers in the early part of the twentieth century. Emphasizing the integration of traditional labor history topics with historical accounts of gender, female subjectivity, and community, this volume focuses on the experience

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The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers examines the lives of Latin American women who entered factory labor in increasing numbers in the early part of the twentieth century. Emphasizing the integration of traditional labor history topics with historical accounts of gender, female subjectivity, and community, this volume focuses on the experience of working women at mid-century, especially those laboring in the urban industrial sector. In its exploration of working women’s agency and consciousness, this collection offers rich detail regarding women’s lives as daughters, housewives, mothers, factory workers, trade union leaders, and political activists.
Widely seen as a hostile sexualized space, the modern factory was considered a threat, not only to the virtue of working women, but also to the survival of the family, and thus, the future of the nation. Yet working-class women continued to labor outside the home and remained highly visible in the expanding world of modern industry. In nine essays dealing with Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Guatemala, the contributors make extensive use of oral histories to describe the contradictory experiences of women whose work defied gender prescriptions but was deemed necessary by working-class families in a world of need and scarcity. The volume includes discussion of previously neglected topics such as single motherhood, women’s struggle against domestic violence, and the role of women as both desiring and desired subjects.

Contributors. Ann Farnsworth-Alvear, Mary Lynn Pedersen Cluff, John D. French, Daniel James, Thomas Miller Klubock, Deborah Levenson-Estrada, Mirta Zaida Lobato, Heidi Tinsman, Theresa R. Veccia, Barbara Weinstein

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822320005
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/04/1997
Series:
Comparative and International Working-Class History
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 5.91(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface,
Squaring the Circle,
Women's Factory Labor, Gender Ideology, and Necessity,
"Tales Told Out on the Borderlands",
Doña María's Story, Oral History, and Issues of Gender,
Women Workers in the "Cathedrals of Corned Beef",
Structure and Subjectivity in the Argentine Meatpacking Industry,
Unskilled Worker, Skilled Housewife,
Constructing the Working-Class Woman in São Paulo, Brazil,
"My Duty as a Woman",
Gender Ideology, Work, and Working-Class Women's Lives in São Paulo, Brazil, 1900-1950,
Talking, Fighting, Flirting,
Workers' Sociability in Medellín Textile Mills, 1935-1950,
Women and Working-Class Mobilization in Postwar São Paulo, 1945-1948,
The Loneliness of Working-Class Feminism,
Women in the "Male World" of Labor Unions, Guatemala City, 1970s,
Morality and Good Habits,
The Construction of Gender and Class in the Chilean Copper Mines, 1904-1951,
Household Patrones,
Wife-Beating and Sexual Control in Rural Chile, 1964-1988,
Oral History, Identity Formation, and Working-Class Mobilization,
Contributors,
Index,

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