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Castoffs of capital : work and love among garment workers in Bangladesh / Lamia Karim

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Karim, Lamia, author.
Publication Info.
Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [2022]


1 online resource (xiii, 256 pages) : illustrations
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: Toward an ethnography of older factory women -- The disorder of work and life -- The age of excitement : the rise of the garment industry in Bangladesh -- The arc of change : factory, family, and class -- Changing norms of romance, marriage, and sexuality -- After work : life in the shadows of capital -- Conclusion: Politics of the precariat -- Epilogue: After death : a body without a home.
"Dispelling stereotypes about garment workers in the global apparel industry Castoffs of Capital examines how female garment workers experience their work and personal lives within the stranglehold of global capital. Drawing on fieldwork in Bangladesh, anthropologist Lamia Karim focuses attention onto the lives of older women aged out of factory work, heretofore largely ignored, thereby introducing a new dimension to the understanding of a female-headed workforce that today numbers around four million in Bangladesh. Bringing a feminist labor studies lens, Castoffs of Capital foregrounds these women not only as workers but as mothers, wives, sisters, lovers, friends, and political agents. Focusing on relations among work, gender, and global capital's targeting of poor women to advance its market penetration, Karim shows how women navigate these spaces by adopting new subject formations. She locates these women's aspirations for the 'good life' not only in material comforts but also in their longings for love and sexual fulfillment that help them momentarily forget the precarity of their existence under the shadow of capital. Through richly detailed ethnographic studies, this innovative and beautifully written book examines the making and unmaking of these women's wants and desires, loves and tribulations, hopes and despairs, and triumphs and struggles."-- Provided by publishers.
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Local Note
Women clothing workers -- Bangladesh.
Clothing trade -- Bangladesh.
Capitalism -- Bangladesh.
Travailleuses du vĂȘtement -- Bangladesh.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Clothing trade
Women clothing workers
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Work and love among garment workers in Bangladesh
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Print version: Karim, Lamia. Castoffs of capital Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2022] 9781517913366 (DLC) 2022039071
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