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An empire of touch : women's political labor and the fabrication of East Bengal

Author: Poulomi Saha
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Gender and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Poulomi Saha
ISBN: 9780231192088 0231192088
OCLC Number: 1056203084
Description: xvii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: Reading the Body Politic1. Virgin SuicidesPart II: The Fetish of Nationalism2. The Fetish Touch3. Oceanic FeelingsPart III: International Basket Case4. Archive Asylum5. Machine MadeEpilogueGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex
Series Title: Gender and culture.
Responsibility: Poulomi Saha.

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Poulomi Saha offers an innovative account of women's political labor in East Bengal over more than a century. Through a material account of text and textile, An Empire of Touch crafts a new narrative  Read more...

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Saha proposes that the diaphanous nature first of muslin and then of other fabrics constitutes neither a simple product with exchange value nor an ephemeral or affective form of labor we have come to Read more...

 
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