Working with flowers in Colombia: the 'lucky chance'?
Madrid, Gilma and Lovell, Terry. (2007) Working with flowers in Colombia: the 'lucky chance'? Women's Studies International Forum, Vol.30 (No.3). pp. 217-227. ISSN 0277-5395Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2007.03.003
This article is based on research on the cut-flower industry in Colombia. A number of workers, supervisors and owners who had entered the sector at different points in time reported on the circumstances that had brought them to this work. Although the move was forced by family crises and other catastrophes, there was little evidence among the women workers of any regret for the rural past. The work with flowers brought an individual wage, albeit small, and some degree of independence.
The supervisors measured their work against earlier hopes and expectations. They saw their situation as narrowly circumscribed, with no prospect of advance and little to separate them from the workers.
What was perceived as `chances' were actually created through broader structural transformations, and the ability to `profit' by them depended on holdings of, in Pierre Bourdieu's terms, cultural, social and economic capital, structured along the lines of class, gender and generation. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Women's Studies International Forum|
|Official Date:||May 2007|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Page Range:||pp. 217-227|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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