Sweated Work, Weak Bodies: Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns and Languages of Labor

Author:   Daniel E. Bender
Publisher:   Rutgers University Press
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9780813533384


Pages:   288
Publication Date:   28 January 2004
Format:   Paperback
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Sweated Work, Weak Bodies: Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns and Languages of Labor


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In the early 1900s, thousands of immigrants labored in New Yorks Lower East Side sweatshops, enduring work environments that came to be seen as among the worst examples of Progressive-Era American industrialization. Although reformers agreed that these unsafe workplaces must be abolished, their reasons have seldom been fully examined. Sweated Work, Weak Bodies is the first book on the origins of sweatshops, exploring how they came to represent the dangers of industrialization and the perils of immigration. It is an innovative study of the language used to define the sweatshop, how these definitions shaped the first anti-sweatshop campaign, and how they continue to influence our current understanding of the sweatshop.

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Author:   Daniel E. Bender
Publisher:   Rutgers University Press
Imprint:   Rutgers University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.369kg
ISBN:  

9780813533384


ISBN 10:   0813533384
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   28 January 2004
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

"Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Race, Class, Gender, and Defining the Sweatshop and Modern Shop in Progressive America Chapter 1: Eastern European Jews and the Rise of a Transnational Garment Economy Chapter 2: ""The Great Jewish Métier"" Factory Inspectors, Jewish Workers, and Defining the Sweatshop, 1880-1910 Chapter 3: ""A Race Ignorant, Miserable, and Immoral"" Sweatshop Danger and Labor in the Home, 1890-1910 Chapter 4: Workers Made Well Home, Work, Homework, and the Model Shop, 1910-1930 Part II: Women and Gender in the Sweatshop and in the Anti-Sweatshop Campaign Chapter 5: Gaunt Men, Gaunt Wives: Femininity, Masculinity, and the Worker Question, 1880-1909 Chapter 6: Inspecting Bodies: Sexual Difference and Strategies of Organizing, 1910-1930 Chapter 7: ""Swallowed Up in a Sea of Masculinity"": Factionalism and Gender Struggles in the ILGWU, 1909-1934 Conclusion: ""Our Marching Orders... Advance toward the Goal of Industrial Decency"": Measuring the Burden of Language Epilogue: Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns in a New Century Notes  Index"

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Here is a tour-de-force: a specific case that illuminates not only central questions in labor and gender history, but also the methodological problem of writing after linguistic and gender turns.


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Daniel E. Bender is an assistant professor of history at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, and co-editor of Sweatshop U.S.A.: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective.

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