9780415476416

Women on the Line

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415476416

  • ISBN10:

    0415476410

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-13
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Women on the Lineis a pioneering ethnographic classic of the world of work in a British motor components factory. Miriam Glucksmann (aka Ruth Cavendish), a well-known contributor to the study of gender, work and employment, is for the first time revealed as the author, along with the identity of the company, product and factory. Recording the experience of migrant women from Ireland, the Caribbean, and the Indian subcontinent with the immediacy of a diary, this is a unique account from an observing participant of the daily routines of repetitive work, a strike led by women from below, and the temporalities of work, home, children and leisure. Glucksmann's vivid narrative of life on the assembly line is combined with an analysis of the intersections of gender, ethnicity and class that prefigures subsequent theoretical advances. This edition contains a new introduction situating the book in contemporary debates and developments and includes original photographs taken on the shop floor at the time.

Table of Contents

Introduction to 2008 edition: From experience to reflection: changes and continuities in womenG++s work
Preface to 1982 edition: Freedom of speech
A Factory Job
The Company
Jobs on the Line
Getting to know the Women
Arlene
Rosemary
Together on the Line
Anna
Josey
Life Outside
The division of Labour
The dictatorship of Production
Speed up
Control of the Line
Doing Time
Physical Survival
Bonus and Wages
The Union and the Dispute
The Union
The Dispute Starts
The Main Assembly Slows Down
Suspension G++ the Other Manual Workers Join Us
Women in the Machine Shop
Divided and Defeated
Return to Work
What to Make of It?
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