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The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers: From Household and Factory to the Union Hall and Ballot Box (Comparative and International Working-Class History)

The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers: From Household and Factory to the Union Hall and Ballot Box (Comparative and International Working-Class History)

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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 interdisciplinary volume explores working women's agency and consciousness and 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 discussions of previously neglected topics such as single motherhood and women's struggle against domestic violence. Theoretically informed and original in scope, The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers should be of interest to students and scholars working in women's history as well as Latin American labor, political, and social history.

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