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Dulcinea in the Factory: Myths, Morals, Men, and Women in Columbia's Industrial Experiment, 1905-1960 (Comparative and International Working-Class History)

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Before it became the center of Latin American drug trafficking, the Colombian city of Medellandiacute;n was famous as a success story of industrialization, a place where protectionist tariffs had created a andldquo;capitalist paradise.andrdquo; By the 1960s, the cityandrsquo;s textile industrialists were presenting themselves as the architects of a social stability that rested on Catholic piety and strict sexual norms. Dulcinea in the Factory explores the boundaries of this paternalistic order by investigating workersandrsquo; strategies of conformity and resistance and by tracing the disciplinary practices of managers during the period from the turn of the century to a massive reorganization of the mills in the late 1950s.

Ann Farnsworth-Alvearandrsquo;s analyses of archived personnel records, internal factory correspondence, printed regulations, and company magazines are combined with illuminating interviews with retired workers to allow a detailed reconstruction of the world behind the mill gate. In a place where the distinction between virgins and nonvirgins organized the labor market for women, the distance between chaste and unchaste behavior underlay a moral code that shaped working womenandrsquo;s self-perceptions. Farnsworth-Alvear challenges the reader to understand gender not as an opposition between female and male but rather as a normative field, marked by andldquo;properandrdquo; and andldquo;improperandrdquo; ways of being female or male. Disputing the idea that the shift in the millsandrsquo; workforce over several decades from mainly women to almost exclusively men was based solely on economic factors, the author shows how gender and class, as social practices, converged to shape industrial development itself.

Innovative in its creative employment of subtle and complex material, Dulcinea in the Factory addresses long-standing debates within labor history about proletarianization and work culture. This bookandrsquo;s focus on Colombia will make it valuable to Latin Americanists, but it will also appeal to a wide readership beyond Latin American and labor studies, including historians and sociologists, as well as students of womenandrsquo;s studies, social movements, and anthropology.

Synopsis:

A study of social control, resistance, and self-perception in the textile industry as the workforce changed from almost all female to almost all male.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-296) and index.

About the Author

Dulcinea in the Factory is a magnificent achievement, a remarkably accomplished piece of historical writing.”—William C. Roseberry, New York University

“A major contribution to Colombian history, both substantive and methodological. Dulcinea in the Factory takes the reader inside the culturally specific and evolving conceptualizations of femininity, paternalism, morality, honor, and modernity in the industrializing city of Medellín.”—Catherine LeGrand, McGill University
“This book not only revises Latin American labor and gender history but sets a new standard for social history. Taking advantage of all contemporary debates about accommodation and resistance and bringing them to a new level of sophistication, Ann Farnsworth-Alvear combines deep theoretical insights with rich ethnographic material.”—Temma Kaplan, State University of New York, Stony Brook
“This compelling study represents a major advance, indeed the maturation of the ‘new social history of national capitalism.’ Farnsworth-Alvear provides a deft accounting of complex exchanges, dialogues, and social negotiations in a changing crucible of class and gender relations.”—Michael F. Jiménez, University of Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822324973
Author:
Farnsworth-Alvear, Ann
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Gordon, Andrew
Author:
Keyssar, Alexander
Author:
James, Daniel
Author:
Farnsworth-Alvear, Ann
Location:
Durham, N.C. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Developing countries
Subject:
Colombia
Subject:
Textile workers
Subject:
Women textile workers.
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Comparative and International Working-Class History
Series Volume:
8868
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 bandw photographs, 8 tables, 4 maps,
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Related Subjects

Business » Human Resource Management
Business » Management
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Latin America » Colombia
History and Social Science » Politics » Labor
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » South America

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