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Factory Girls in an Agrarian Setting circa 1910

Jun Sasaki

in The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780198292746
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292740.003.0005

Series: Japanese Studies in Economic and Social History Series

 Factory Girls in an Agrarian Setting circa 1910

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This chapter looks into the working conditions in a rural weaving factory during the early 20th century. Based on the attendance books of workers, it is shown that the days and hours actually worked by female workers in the factory were strongly influenced by the labour demand from agriculture, as well as the housework demands of their household. The introduction of machines into rural factories did not mark the major divide that is commonly assumed by economic historians.

Keywords: working conditions; weaving; factory; female worker; housework; household; machine

Chapter.  6847 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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