1st Edition

Women Workers on Strike Narratives of Southern Women Unionists

By Roxanne Newton Copyright 2007
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    Ch. 1 The Fabric of Hope and Resistance

    Ch. 2 A Feminist Working-Class Narrative Study

    Ch. 3 "Good as a Man": Identity [Re]formation in Male-Dominated Jobs

    Ch. 4 "I Had to Constantly Fight": Solidarity and Social Activism

    Ch. 5 "I Just Couldn’t Say No": Self-Abnegation and Sacrifice

    Ch. 6 "I Do the Politics": Union Feminism and Social Justice

    Ch. 7 Global Solidarity: The Warp and Weft of Change





    Roxanne Newton

    "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