This collection of original research articles explores how race, ethnicity, and social class have shaped the work lives of women. Women and Work explores womenÆs working conditions, their wages and salaries, their abilities to control their work environments, and how they see themselves and their options in the workplace. A great deal of importance is given to women of color, non-citizens, and working-class womenùgroups that are often neglected in other treatments of this subject. The integration of work and family, womenÆs vision of their own work and consciousness as employees, and womenÆs resistance to exploitative and limiting work are themes are also addressed throughout this book. Written by and interdisciplinary group of women scholars, Women and Work will be of interest to faculty, researchers, and advanced students in the fields of sociology, organization studies, psychology, gender studies, womenÆs history, and economics.

The Evolution of Alohawear: Colonialism, Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Hawaii's Garment Industry

The Evolution of Alohawear: Colonialism, Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Hawaii's Garment Industry

The evolution of alohawear: Colonialism, race, ethnicity, class, and gender in hawaii's garment industry
JoyceN.Chinen

This chapter examines the situation of Asian Pacific American women who work in garment production in Hawaii. It describes the historical development and current labor force of the garment manufacturing industry in Hawaii vis-à-vis other locales and then examines the consequences that employment in the garment industry has had for contemporary workers. Although women have been the primary producers of clothing throughout Hawaiian history, changes in the process of clothing production have meant that the racial and ethnic characteristics of these women workers have shifted over time. This chapter argues that both oppression and empowerment characterize the lives ...

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