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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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Contests of Power and Workers' Modes of Association

Contests of Power and Workers' Modes of Association

(p.101) Four Contests of Power and Workers' Modes of Association
To Live to Work
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This chapter illustrates some of the varieties and extents of working women's political consciousness by outlining the collective actions of workers and their modes of association capitalist. It is shown that Korean factory women were not mere handmaidens of the masculine, colonial labor movement, and did not necessarily strike because of imperial rule. Rather, their protests vocalized some of the pressing problems for factory workers during the early phases of mechanized development in colonial Korea. Working women in colonial Korea, particularly those employed in the cotton textile and silk-reeling industries, worked, slept, and lived together. Their escape methods show the collective and creative abilities of workers in colonial Korea. Thus, it is noted that the actions of female factory workers in colonial Korea reveal that, like men, women engaged in labor demonstrations, but their contests of power were for neither the working class nor the nation.

Keywords:   working women, collective actions, Korean factory women, colonial Korea, labor demonstrations, association capitalist

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