Chapter

Gaining Entrée

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035611.003.0003
Gaining Entrée

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This chapter reveals the author's experience in a factory where she spent a few months working and learning about the lives of the factory girls. The chapter recounts her experiences and talks about how the factory owner would allow her to conduct research inside his factory with a hope to improve his English and to secure orders from the United States in the future. The chapter also illustrates the structural setting of Sidi Brahim. Like all garment factories in Fes, and most in Morocco, the factory produces clothing made to order on the specifications of its French and German clients. The chapter explains that, although unmarried girls in Morocco were disdained for wearing makeup, the factory lunchroom would provide a free and safe space where the girls could experiment with their identity or their sense of self.

Keywords: Sidi Brahim; factory girls; factory lunchroom; Fes; Morocco; clothing industry; self; sense

Chapter.  10083 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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