Contested communities

Contested communities

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InContested CommunitiesThomas Miller Klubock analyzes the experiences of the El Teniente copper miners during the first fifty years of the twentieth century. Describing the everyday life and culture of the mining community, its impact on Chilean politics and national events, and the sense of self and identity working-class men and women developed in the foreign-owned enclave, Klubock provides important insights into the cultural and social history of Chile. Klubock shows how a militant working-class community was established through the interplay between capitalist development, state formation, and the ideologies of gender. In describing how the North American copper company attempted to reconfigure and reform the work and social-cultural lives of men and women who migrated to the mine, Klubock demonstrates how struggles between labor and capital took place on a gendered field of power and reconstituted social constructions of masculinity and femininity. As a result, Contested Communitiesdescribes more accurately than any previous study the nature of grassroots labor militancy, working-class culture, and everyday politics of gender relations during crucial years of the Chilean Popular Front in the 1930s and 1940s.class, gender, and politics in Chilea#39;s El Teniente copper mine, 1904-1951 Thomas Miller Klubock ... In a similar case, the above-mentioned Mercedes Zapata accused a large group of men of locking her in a room and raping her. ... In general, the feeling of the men and women in the cantina was that if she had been raped, it was her own fault. ... According to the shared, gendered moral codes of the mining community, the company, and the state, the lines were blurry between singleanbsp;...

Title:Contested communities
Author:Thomas Miller Klubock
Publisher:Duke Univ Pr - 1998


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