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An Empire of Touch - Women's Political Labor and the Fabrication of East Bengal (Hardcover) Loot Price: R842
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An Empire of Touch - Women's Political Labor and the Fabrication of East Bengal (Hardcover): Poulomi Saha

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An Empire of Touch - Women's Political Labor and the Fabrication of East Bengal (Hardcover)

Poulomi Saha

Series: Gender and Culture Series

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In today's world of unequal globalization, Bangladesh has drawn international attention for the spate of factory disasters that have taken the lives of numerous garment workers, mostly young women. The contemporary garment industry--and the labor organizing pushing back--draws on a long history of gendered labor division and exploitation in East Bengal, the historical antecedent of Bangladesh. Yet despite the centrality of women's labor to anticolonial protest and postcolonial state-building, historiography has struggled with what appears to be its absence from the archive. Poulomi Saha offers an innovative account of women's political labor in East Bengal over more than a century, one that suggests new ways to think about textiles and the gendered labors of their making. An Empire of Touch argues that women have articulated--in writing, in political action, in stitching--their own desires in their own terms. They produce narratives beyond women's empowerment and independence as global and national projects; they refuse critical pronouncements of their own subjugation. Saha follows the historical traces of how women have claimed their own labor, contending that their political commitments are captured in the material objects of their manufacture. Her analysis of the production of historical memory through and by the bodies of women spans British colonialism and American empire, anticolonial nationalism to neoliberal globalization, depicting East Bengal between development economics and postcolonial studies. Through a material account of text and textile, An Empire of Touch crafts a new narrative of gendered political labor under empire.

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Imprint: Columbia University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Gender and Culture Series
Release date: April 2019
First published: 2019
Authors: Poulomi Saha
Dimensions: 235 x 156mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover - Trade binding
Pages: 344
ISBN-13: 978-0-231-19208-8
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions > Work & labour
Books > Business & Economics > Industry & industrial studies > Manufacturing industries > Textile industries
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies > General
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LSN: 0-231-19208-8
Barcode: 9780231192088

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