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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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Conclusions: The Legacies of Colonial Working Women

Conclusions: The Legacies of Colonial Working Women

(p.155) Conclusions: The Legacies of Colonial Working Women
To Live to Work
Stanford University Press

This chapter provides a conclusion on the legacies of female factory workers in colonial Korea. These factory women dealt practically with the problems posed by capitalist patriarchy. Deconstructing the myths of women's and workers' collectivity indicates that women's political consciousness was personally experienced and conceived. The desire for national liberation prompted labor activism in colonial Korea. It is noted that sociological traits, such as ethnicity, sex, and class, have significant roles in the shaping of individual identities, alliances, beliefs, and behaviors. The second generation of wage-earning women in Korea had a wider array of professional prospects, including those in heavy industries. By confronting domestic realms and beyond, women workers attained new identities in relation to their evolving surroundings, and by acting with self-determination, helped engender the political spheres around them.

Keywords:   female factory workers, colonial Korea, capitalist patriarchy, labor activism, national liberation, ethnicity, sex, class

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