Mining Men and Designing Women

Janet L. Finn

in Tracing the Veins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1998 | ISBN: 9780520211360
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920071 | DOI:
Mining Men and Designing Women

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This chapter examines the construction of gendered subjectivities and the ways in which men and women reinforced, challenged, and acquiesced to those images. Constructions of man and womanhood and their relations to mining life distinctly shaped the contours of consciousness and action in Butte and Chuquicamata. Drawing from the ethnographic data, the chapter illustrates how men and women talk back to these images as they talk of labor, friendship, intimacy, and one another. It also considers the ways in which they are marked by the politics of race and the meanings of “whiteness.” Several themes resonate through the stories told by people in Butte and Chuquicamata: crafting the everyday, consumption, trust and betrayal, and reclamation.

Keywords: manhood; womanhood; mining life; Butte; Chuquicamata; whiteness

Chapter.  14323 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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