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In this book Christina Gringeri investigates the effects of homeworking on workers—mainly women—and their families and explores the role of the state in subsidizing the development of homeworking jobs that depend on gender as an organizing principle. She focuses on two Midwestern communities—Riverton, Wisconsin and Prairie Hills, Iowa—where more than 80 families have supplemented their incomes since 1986 as homebased contractors of small auto parts for The Middle Company, a Fortune 500 manufacturer and subcontractor of General Motors.

Gringeri looks at rural development from the perspective of local and state officials as well as that of the workers. Through the use of extensive personal interviews, she shows how the advantage of homework for women—being able to stay home with their families—is outweighed by the disadvantages—piecework pay far below minimum wage, long hours, unstable contracts, and lack of company benefits.

Instead of providing the hopedfor financial panacea for rural families, Gringeri argues, industrial homework reinforces the unequal position of women as lowwage workers and holds families and communities below or near poverty level.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface to the Kansas Open Books Edition
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Industrial Homework as Rural Development
  2. pp. 9-39
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  1. 2. Restructured Production: Homework as Rural Development
  2. pp. 40-64
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  1. 3. Homeworkers in the Heartland
  2. pp. 65-101
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  1. 4. Integrating Home and Informal-Sector Work
  2. pp. 102-134
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  1. 5. Understanding Industrial Homework as Subsidized Development
  2. pp. 135-153
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  1. 6. Homework in a Comparative Context
  2. pp. 154-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-186
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 187-194
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780700630950
Related ISBN(s)
9780700611072
MARC Record
OCLC
1280349822
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2021-12-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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