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Women's Work and Chicano Families

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Women's Work and Chicano Families

Cannery Workers of the Santa Clara Valley

Patricia Zavella

214 Pages
Paperback
ISBN: 9781501728143
Cornell University Press

At the time Women’s Work and Chicano Families: Cannery Workers of the Santa Clara Valley was published, little research had been done on the relationship between the wage labor and household labor of Mexican American women. Drawing on revisionist social theories relating to Chicano family structure as well as on feminist theory, Patricia Zavella paints a compelling picture of the Chicano women who worked in northern California’s fruit and vegetable canneries. Her book combines social history, shop floor ethnography, and in-depth interviews to explore the links between Chicano family life and gender inequality in the labor market.

Reviews

"Zavella documents the labor history and current work situation of these Mexican American women with care and thoroughness."

- Choice

"This book, based upon informal interviews and participant observation, provides in-depth knowledge of one segment of the contemporary Chicana community. Zavella challenges a number of prevailing stereotypes about Mexican American women that continue to be perpetuated by certain scholars. For example, the women are not passive, as some sociologists would have us believe. Women’s Work and Chicano Families needs to be ready by scholars interested in gender roles, the family, race and ethnic relations, and the labor force. If it reaches this broader audience, social scientists may come to rethink some of their current generalizations about minority women."

- Norma Williams, Contemporary Sociology

About the Author

Patricia Zavella is Professor and Chair of Latin American & Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of I’m Neither Here nor There: Mexicans’ Quotidian Struggles with Migration and Poverty and coeditor of Women and Migration in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Reader.

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