Final Days

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:
Final Days

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The chapter discusses the events in the follow-up to the final days the author spent in the garment factory. The author narrates her interviews with workers waiting in the lunchroom. The packing girls were aware that they were distinct from those who worked on the machines—the girls upstairs—due to their lower status (as defined by skill) and lower pay. The fear of being accused of being different caused the girls to highlight their separation from the other workers, thereby reinforcing their own feelings of group solidarity and marking themselves off as a moral community of good girls within the wider factory world.

Keywords: garment factory; interviews; packing girls; group solidarity; lunchroom

Chapter.  11446 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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