Female Garment Workers A Globalization Perspective Discussion

Step 1

Read the required reading called “Factory as Home and Family…”. As you read, please utilize the prompts that I provided in the Class Topic: Anthropology of Globalization link that correspond with the required reading. I also recommend reviewing the direction below as you read through the reading as well.

Step 2: Constructing the Initial Posting

Consider the vast majority of topics we have already covered as well as the anthropology of globalization foundation that you gained last week. This article aims to fill what the author argues as being a void in the literature on “women’s work in capitalist wage work,” (p.533). In particular, Cairoli is focused on work relation and how these relations within the work environment mirror some of what is observed in a household structure.

Keeping the above in mind, and that you must evaluate this reading and present a cohesive initial posting through the lens of cultural anthropological work while avoiding an ethnocentric approach to analysis, response to the following in your initial posting

  • Using the FOCUS/ THEME of work relations, kinship, identity both individually & kin-wise, social roles, employment, meshing of public and private space through behavioral paradigms, and the holistic approach that cultural anthropologists take when conducting research, IDENTIFY 2 points of interest in the article that you were able to correlate to the focus summarized here.
  • What are Points of Interest?
    • Begin with a direct quote that you found compelling & that also directly correspond to the focus /theme summarized above.
      • For example, “…set of cultural values that order their social world, central to which is their identity as kinswomean, a self-perception workers believe…”(page 532) connected to the cultural group in and around the Fez garment factory that Cairoli studied.
      • NOTE: You cannot use the example direct quote for your initial posting.
    • After providing the quote, student must analyze the quote with respect to the focus/theme stated above.
      • Consider: What connects this direct quote (and the other information that surrounds it in the article) to the focus/theme of this online discussion topic? How does this quote tease apart the connection between factory work by the unmarried females & their role within society? How does this point of interest relate to the other topics we have been discussing?
      • The analysis MUST BE anthropologically centered, void of ethnocentric statements or interpretations of the text, void of your opinions*, void of comparisons to any other cultural group, contain accurate vocab, and demonstrate your understanding of the class topics we have covered up until this point. Aim for 250-350 words for the analysis of each point of interest.
      • Aside from the direct quote that is required as the first part of each point of interest, direct quotes are not allowed.
      • Finally, your analysis must stay focused on this cultural group and Cairoli’s article. Do not compare.
      • *This goes back to avoiding the use of “I” that has been present throughout submissions. Demonstrate through college-level writing & language that the direct quote selected does connect to the focus/theme of this discussion without using “I”

Step 3: Submission of Initial Posting

(Or, “What your initial posting should look like when submitted)

Point of Interest #1

Direct quote of passage with prior citation:

Analysis of passage:

Point of Interest #2

Direct quote of passage with prior citation:

Analysis of passage:

Step 4: Sources

Aside from utilizing class resources from past class topics, your textbook, and Cairoli’s article, additional sources are not required. Actually, for this online discussion, using sources that are not provided in class is highly discouraged. Focusing on the class resources will help avoid misinformation, skewed information, non-academic as well as non-anthropological information regarding Cairoli’s work.

We will make a general assumption that Cairoli’s work is being used; nevertheless, a works cited section should be at the end of your initial posting. The works cited must include Cairoli’s article as well as any other class resource used to construct the initial posting.