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Girls of the Factory
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In Morocco today, the idea of female laborers is generally frowned upon. Yet despite this, many women are beginning to find work in factories.

Laetitia Cairoli spent a year in the ancient city of Fes; Girls of the Factory tells the story of what life is like for working women. Forced to find a factory job herself so that she could speak more intimately with working women, she was able to learn firsthand why they work, what working means to them, and how important earning a wage is to their sense of self.

Cairoli conveys a general sense of the working life of women in Morocco by describing daily life inside a Moroccan sewing factory. She also reveals the additional work they face inside their homes. More than an ethnography, this volume is also for those who want to better understand what life is like for a new generation of young women just entering the workforce.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Front Matter
  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. A Note on Transliteration
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Part 1. In the Streets
  2. p. 17
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  1. 1. Finding the Workers
  2. pp. 19-42
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  1. Part 2. Inside the Factory
  2. p. 43
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  1. 2. Gaining Entrée
  2. pp. 45-65
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  1. 3. The Girls in the Packing Department
  2. pp. 66-123
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  1. 4. Final Days
  2. pp. 124-146
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  1. Part 3. Inside the Home
  2. p. 147
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  1. 5. Introductions
  2. pp. 149-161
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  1. 6. The Women in the Sitting Room
  2. pp. 162-218
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  1. 7. Taking Leave
  2. pp. 219-229
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 230-238
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  1. Appendix 1. Inside the Factory: Sewing Factory Personnel
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. Appendix 2. Inside the House
  2. pp. 241-242
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 243-244
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 245-254
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 255-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 260-264
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  1. About the Author
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