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To Live to WorkFactory Women in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945$
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Janice C.H. Kim

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759090

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759090.001.0001

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Locating Korean Factory Women in Time and Place

Locating Korean Factory Women in Time and Place

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(p.26) One Locating Korean Factory Women in Time and Place
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To Live to Work
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759090.003.0002

This chapter discusses the colonial Koreans in space and time, and describes the environments that engendered female industrial labor. It then explores in detail the factory women. It is shown that, although women across cultures worked in factories, their experiences diverged greatly according to economic, social, and political contingencies, as well as historical and regional distinctions. Women's work often meant trained labor in heavy industries, as well as skilled positions. The industrialization, commercialization, urbanization, and displacement of the agricultural workforce changed the structures and patterns of the Korean economy. Both labor forces and markets underwent significant transformations during the colonial era. It is also noted that industrialization in Korea advanced ever more rapidly in the last fifteen years of colonial rule.

Keywords:   female industrial labor, factory women, heavy industries, industrialization, commercialization, urbanization, agricultural workforce, Korean economy

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