Assembling Flowers and Cultivating Homes: Labor and Gender by Greta Friedemann-Sánchez

By Greta Friedemann-Sánchez

This ethnographic learn explores the hyperlinks among agro-industrial employment within the context of financial adjustment courses and the person adventure of employment and fiscal swap on the family point. writer Greta Friedemann-S_nchez's demanding situations the present educational consensus that transnational meeting line industries toughen patriarchal ideologies of copy and the exploitation of girls.

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She is called Señora Victoria, a step down from usages of Don (with first name) or Señor (with last name) employed for the owner, as a member of the upper class. This despite the fact that, for the most part, Victoria decides who gets hired or fired and thus for people working in Muisca Flowers it is she, not the owner, who is at the top of the social/work pyramid. She has close social networks to certain individuals who work at the farm through which she guarantees a steady supply of people who work for 22 Chapter One the company and have allegiance to it.

In this respect, the people from Introduction 25 Fagua and Canelón have a life in which “occupational multiplicity” (Weil 1995, 2) is the norm. Fieldwork I chose the northern section of the Sabana, where Chía and Cajicá are located, as my field site with two criteria in mind, representativeness and physical security. First, I was looking for a representative area, one that has had flower farms since the industry was established in 1965 because it would have a population of workers associated with the industry since its inception.

Their population is more proletarian, and there are guerrillas in the region. Upper-class families and a few foreign firms own the majority of the farms in this region. 7 To the north and beyond the Sabana includes the municipalities of Tocancipá, Gachancipá, Chocontá, and Villapinzón where the most recent flower farms have been established. Probably due to labor scarcity in that area of the Sabana there are contractors who find individuals to work at the flower farms and get paid a fee for each worker they bring.

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