Crafting the Everyday

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:
Crafting the Everyday

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This chapter develops the theme of crafting the everyday by taking a comparative look at “working-class” women's experiences in Butte and Chuquicamata. Women's stories encode a language and practice of class that is absent in men's accounts. Differing temporal and spatial patters molded women's lives in Butte and Chuquicamata. In Butte, the three-year cycle of labor contracts created temporal rhythms of community life that profoundly shaped women's social reality. In Chuquicamata, lives were spatially structured around the lines at the communal water pumps and company stores, where waiting was women's work. These gendered practices of daily life posed distinct challenges to consciousness and action.

Keywords: Butte; Chuquicamata; women's experiences; labor contracts; communal water pumps

Chapter.  12907 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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