The gendered worlds of Latin American women workers : from household and factory to the union hall and ballot box / John D. French and Daniel James, ed.

Contributor(s): French, John D | James, Daniel | Latin American Labor History Conference (1997: Durham)Material type: TextTextSeries: Comparative and international working-class history: Publisher: Durham ; Duke Unversity Press , 1999Edition: 2nd printDescription: VIII, 320 p. : ill., graf., tab. ; 24 cmContent type: tekst Media type: zonder medium Carrier type: bandISBN: 0822319969; 9780822319962; 0822320002; 9780822320005Subject(s): 18XX-19XX | Arbeidersklasse | Vrouwen | Werkende vrouwen | Latijns-AmerikaGenre/Form: Congressen (vorm)LOC classification: HD6100.5 | T444 1999Other classification: 15.85
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Written by US and Latin America-based scholars of Latin American labor history, these essays are a major step toward producing fully gendered accounts of working women and men, that is, of the whole working class itself. In other words, the editors emphatically underscore the centrality of gender even for male workers, as amply demonstrated in Klubock's study of the all-male workforce in the Chilean copper mines. Most of the essays in this volume deal with women in urban industrial labor, as immigrants and rural migrants. They focus on the private lives and affective relations of these women, as well as the material conditions under which they live and their engagements in the public sphere of electoral politics and trade unionism. The studies are heavily weighted in favor of the southern cone (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) in the entire span of the 20th century, with only one on Guatemala in Central America. Inexplicably, there are no essays on Mexico, with its unique form of sweatshops and assembly plants known as maquiladoras, which employ mostly young, unmarried women and are located within easy reach of the US-Mexican border. Traditional research methodologies and sources (e.g., archival documents, statistics) are effectively complemented by wide-ranging use of oral history and testimonies that rescue the hidden voices of those doubly silenced by class and gender. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. Hu-DeHart University of Colorado at Boulder

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John D. French is Associate Professor of History at Duke University.

Daniel James is Bernardo Mendel Professor of Latin American History at Indiana University.

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