Sister Jamaica: A Study of Women, Work and Households in Kingston

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Sister Jamaica is about women factory workers, their households, jobs and lives in Kingston during the destabilization of the Michael Manley administration (1978-79). It shows how these working class women and their household members achieved access to scarce resources and survived a national political and economic crisis. The author argues that such achievements were the result of these women and their households exercising a variety of traditional and contemporary cultural, social and economic options. Bolles looks at the influences of race, class and gender, emphasizing women's roles in kinship, kindredship and domestic organization. Domestic chores, cash flows and networks of exchange are examined in order to illustrate which household member performed what kind of task and under what kind of circumstances. The division of labor among 127 households is examined. Finally, Bolles looks at the factories and female work forces against the background of international capitalism. This text will provide beneficial reading for introductory anthropology classes and courses in women's studies, Afro-American studies, and Caribbean and Latin American studies.

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A. Lynn Bolles is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland and author of My Mother Who Fathered Me and Others (Michigan State Women in Development, 1988).

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...supplies an important instance of how the range of Caribbean family, mating, and household forms combines with gender and kinship in a supple system that lets Caribbean women and their dependents meet economic challenges presented to them in new ways.>>> (Latin American Research Review)

It is a valuable contribution to the anthropology of work literature and a fitting tribute to the courage and creativity of the women whose lives it portrays.>>>> (Naomi Katz Anthropology Of Work Review)

Recommended for women's studies and Caribbean studies collections.>>>> (Choice)

Recommended for women's studies and Caribbean studies collections. (Choice)

...supplies an important instance of how the range of Caribbean family, mating, and household forms combines with gender and kinship in a supple system that lets Caribbean women and their dependents meet economic challenges presented to them in new ways. (Latin American Research Review)

"It is a valuable contribution to the anthropology of work literature and a fitting tribute to the courage and creativity of the women whose lives it portrays." (Naomi Katz Anthropology Of Work Review)

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