Finding the Workers

M. Laetitia Cairoli

in Girls of the Factory

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035611
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039206 | DOI:
Finding the Workers

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This chapter narrates the author's experience in searching for garment factories for her research in Fes, Morocco. Although the Chamber of Commerce was interested in making the advantages of Fes's industry known to foreigners who might wish to invest, the factory management's reluctance to allow a foreigner to research women factory workers was evident. The author found a tutor to help her with her Arabic so that she could reach the local population. She realized that the Moroccan system of justice might not offer protections to factory girls—people at the bottom of the social and political hierarchy. The author did not want to hurt these factory girls, but she just wanted to speak with them. She finally found herself able to communicate with the girls who continued to talk and walk with her, they visited her home, where they ate and drank and talked.

Keywords: Fes; Morocco; garment factories; Sidi Brahim; factory girls; garment workers

Chapter.  10695 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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