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Assembling Flowers and Cultivating Homes : Labor and Gender in Colombia - Greta Friedemann-Sánchez

Assembling Flowers and Cultivating Homes

Labor and Gender in Colombia


Published: 30th March 2006
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Colombia is a major exporter of fresh-cut flowers. As in other global assembly line industries, women constitute a majority of Colombia's floriculture workforce. This ethnographic study explores the links between agro-industrial employment in the context of economic adjustment programs and the individual experience of employment and economic change at the household level. Author Greta Friedemann-S??nchez's challenges the current academic consensus that transnational assembly line industries reinforce patriarchal ideologies of reproduction and the exploitation of women. What from a global perspective may be perceived as exploitation can be seen from the local perspective as an opportunity within the community. Specifically, the study focuses on how the interrelated factors of formal employment, wage income, property ownership, social capital, and self-esteem articulate with women's resistance to male dominated households and domestic violence. Expertly combining qualitative and quantitative methodologies, Assembling Flowers and Cultivating Homes contributes greatly to the study of gender and power, household economics and structure, and Latin American society.

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Flowers in the Global Assembly Line
Chapter 3 Assembling Flowers
Chapter 4 Disciplined Labor, Identity, and Gender
Chapter 5 Land, Housing, Money, and Social Networks
Chapter 6 Cultivating Homes
Chapter 7 Gendered Development

ISBN: 9780739132975
ISBN-10: 0739132970
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 30th March 2006
Publisher: University Press of America