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Stitching Identitites in a Free Trade Zone: Gender and Politics in Sri Lanka

Anthropologist Sandya Hewamanne spent time in a Sri Lankan free trade zone (FTZ) working and living among the workers to learn about their lives. “They were poor women from rural areas,” Hewamanne writes, “who migrated to do garment work in transnational factories of a global assembly line. Their difficult work routines and sad living conditions have been examined in detail. When I was with them I often wondered whether anyone noticed the smiles, winks, smirks, gestures, tones of voice, the movies they saw, or the songs they sang.” Hewamanne deftly weaves theories of identity, globalization, and cultural politics throughout her detailed accounts of the workers’ efforts to negotiate ever shifting roles and expectations of gender, class, and sexuality.By analyzing how these workers claim political subjectivity, Hewamanne’s Stitching Identities in a Free Trade Zone challenges conventional notions about women at the bottom of the global economy. The book offers a fasc

Publisher‏:‎University of Pennsylvania Press (December 12, 2007)
Language‏:‎English
Hardcover‏:‎296 pages
ISBN-10‏:‎0812240456
ISBN-13‏:‎978-0812240450
Item Weight‏:‎1.15 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎6 x 1 x 9 inches

 

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