A comprehensive collection of interdisciplinary essays that traces the historical connections between women, work, and the different stages of capitalism in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican Women and Work
Bridges in Transnational Labor
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edited by Altagracia Ortiz
Puerto Rican Women and Work: Bridges in Transnational Labor is the only comprehensive study of the role of Puerto Rican women workers in the evolution of a transnational labor force in the twentieth century.
This book examines Puerto Rican women workers, both in Puerto Rico and on the U.S. mainland. It contains a range of information--historical, ethnographic, and statistical. The contributors provide insights into the effects of migration and unionization on women's work, taking into account U.S. colonialism and globalization of capitalism throughout the century as well as the impact of Operation Bootstrap. The essays are arranged in chronological order to reveal the evolutionary nature of women's work and the fluctuations in migration, technology, and the economy. This one-of-a-kind collection will be a valuable resource for those interested in women's studies, ethnic studies, and Puerto Rican and Latino studies, as well as labor studies.
"The essays are of consistently high quality and originality.... provides a much needed perspective on gender, work, and Puerto Rican women, while contributing more generally to the study of gender and work in both the United States and Latin America."
Altagracia Ortiz is Professor of History and Puerto Rican Studies at John Jay College, the City University of New York. She has written numerous articles on Puerto Rican women and work and is author of Eighteenth-Century Reforms in the Caribbean.
Contributors: Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Alice Colón-Warren, Carmen A. Pérez-Herranz, Marya Muñoz-Vázquez, Rosa M. Torruellas, Rina Benmayor, Ana Juarbe, Geraldine J. Casey.
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Puerto Rican Studies, edited by Luz del Alba Acevedo, Juan Flores, and Emilio Pantojas-García.
The objective of Puerto Rican Studies, edited by Luz del Alba Acevedo, Juan Flores, and Emilio Pantojas-García, is to bring to publication work on the Puerto Rican experience that is of interest to a wide range of audiences beyond the fields of Puerto Rican and ethnic studies, as well as to provide new insights into other interdisciplinary fields such as cultural studies, women's studies, and urban studies. The series provides a forum for young, creative and daring scholars venturing into nontraditional ways of dealing with issues in Puerto Rican studies. The editors are concerned with producing work that will appeal to the wider North American and English-speaking audiences reaching scholars, writers, activists, feminists, and intellectually curious people throughout the hemisphere and Europe.