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ERIC Number: EJ781992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Women Learning in Garment Work: Solidarity and Sociality
Fenwick, Tara
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v58 n2 p110-128 2008
This article explores processes and possibilities for critical learning in the workplace, with a focus on workers laboring in what are often exploitive and dehumanizing conditions. The argument is based on a study of work-life learning of women, mostly new immigrants, employed long-term at an Alberta garment manufacturing plant. It is argued that their negotiations of work conditions are nested in various areas of learning associated with everyday practices, small communities, labor organizing processes, and English learning classes. These are argued to have generated solidarity through learning about sociality, resistance, and personal worth. These solidarities appear to be configured by energies of both transformation and reproduction that are threaded together and generated simultaneously as women learned to survive within the system while supporting one another in a vital interdependent social network. The discussion explores how these dynamics unfolded, and their effects on how different women positioned themselves and their knowledge. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada