Juki Girls, Good Girls

Juki Girls, Good Girls

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When a government program brought garment factories to rural Sri Lanka, women workers found themselves caught between the pressures of a globalizing economy and societal expectations that villages are sanctuaries of tradition. These women learned quickly to resist the characterization of qJuki girlsqa€”female garment workers already established in the urban sectora€”as vulgar and deracinated, instead asserting that they were qgood girlsq who could embody the nation's highest ideals of femininity.Caitrin Lynch shows how contemporary Sri Lankan women navigate a complex web of political, cultural, and socioeconomic forces. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research conducted inside export-oriented garment factories and a close examination of national policies intended to ease the way for globalization, Lynch details precisely how gender, nationalism, and globalization influence everyday life in Sri Lanka. This book includes autobiographical essays by garment workers about their efforts to attain the benefits of being seen as qgoodq while simultaneously expanding the definition of what sort of behavior constitutes appropriate conduct. These village garment workers struggled to reconcile the role thrust upon them as symbols of national progress with the negative public perception of factory workers. Lynch provides the context needed to appreciate the paradoxes that globalization creates while painting a sympathetic portrait of the individuals whose life stories appear in this book.The Juki Corporation, a Japanese company, is the worlda#39;s largest manufacturer of industrial sewing machines, and it has been selling sewing machines in Sri Lanka since 1976 (Perera 1998). The aquot;Juki girlaquot; nickname emerged bv 1979, the anbsp;...

Title:Juki Girls, Good Girls
Author:Caitrin Lynch
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 2007


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