Title High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy : Women, Work, and Pink-Collar Identities in the Caribbean
Carla FreemanISBN: 0822324393;
High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy is an ethnography of globalization positioned at the intersection between political economy and cultural studies. Carla Freeman?s fieldwork in Barbados grounds the processes of transnational capitalism?production, consumption, and the crafting of modern identities?in the lives of Afro-Caribbean women working in a new high-tech industry called ?informatics.? It places gender at the center of transnational analysis, and local Caribbean culture and history at the center of global studies. Freeman examines the expansion of the global assembly line into the realm of computer-based work, and focuses specifically on the incorporation of young Barbadian women into these high-tech informatics jobs. As such, Caribbean women are seen as integral not simply to the workings of globalization but as helping to shape its very form. Through the enactment of ?professionalism? in both appearances and labor...
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