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Women Workers on Strike
Narratives of Southern Women Unionists

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ISBN 9780415653305
Published September 10, 2012 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

Gender, class, and culture merge in the lived experiences of women on strike in the South. This book examines women unionists’ life histories through the lens of narrative analysis, interpreting their multiple perspectives as four coherent discourse communities: social activists, union feminists, women martyrs, and women whose identities are defined by their work in non-traditional fields.

Table of Contents

1. The Fabric of Hope and Resistance  2. A Feminist Working-Class Narrative Study  3. "Good as a Man": Identity [Re]formation in Male-Dominated Jobs   4. "I Had to Constantly Fight": Solidarity and Social Activism   5. "I Just Couldn’t Say No": Self-Abnegation and Sacrifice  6. "I Do the Politics": Union Feminism and Social Justice  7. Global Solidarity: The Warp and Weft of Change




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The daughter and granddaughter of mill workers, Roxanne Newton grew up in a small NC textile town. She teaches women's studies and humanities at Mitchell Community College. Newton and her classes have created history quilts and collected oral histories of immigrants and workers. The NC Women's History Quilt, made by Newton and her students, was acquired by the NC Museum of History. A contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Strikes in America, she is a NC Humanities Council Forum Visiting Scholar.


"This book is an excellent cross-reference of gender and class, focusing on the conflict between traditional working-class women, with “theories of caring” and “selfeffacement and loss,” and unionism." -- Labor Studies Journal