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Money Makes Us Relatives : Women's Labor in Urban Turkey - Jenny B. White

Money Makes Us Relatives

Women's Labor in Urban Turkey

Hardcover Published: 24th June 2004
ISBN: 9780415326636
Number Of Pages: 200

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In the rural immigrant community of Istanbul, poor women spend up to fifty hours a week producing goods for export, yet deny that they actually 'work'. Money Makes Us Relatives asks why Turkish society devalues women's work, concealing its existence while creating a vast pool of cheap labor for the world market. Drawing on two years of ethnographic fieldwork among family producers and pieceworkers, and using fascinating case studies throughout, Jenny B. White shows how women's paid work is viewed in terms of kinship relations of reciprocity and obligation - an extension of domestic work for the family, which is culturally valued but poorly compensated. Whilst offering the benefits of social identity and long-term security, women's work also reflects global capitalism's ability to capture local cultural norms, and to use these to lower production costs and create exploitative conditions.
This fully revised second edition includes a new introduction and conclusion, updated references, comparative material on women's labor elsewhere in the world, and brand new material on Islam, globalization, gender and Turkish family life. It is an important contribution to debates about women's participation in late global capitalism.

Note on the New Edition
Women and the Global Workforce
The Turkish Case
Bridge between Europe and Asia
Marriage: The House of the World
The Patriarch
Mothers and Sons
The Social Web
Money Makes us Relatives
The Life Cycle of an Atelier: Yenikent
Kinship and Production Conclusion: Local Modernisms in the Global Factory
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ISBN: 9780415326636
ISBN-10: 041532663X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 24th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.6  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition