From February to December 2004 Leila Zaki Chakravarti worked in Egypt on the shop floor of an enterprise she calls “Fashion Express”—a private-sector garment-assembly factory owned by Qasim Fahmy, a local Port Said notable. Made in Egypt: Gendered Identity and Aspiration on the Globalised Shop Floor is the ethnographic report of her participant observation. Chakravarti’s research is over a decade old, and the firm went out of business in August 2005. Nonetheless, the book remains a rare, fine-grained account of the formation of gendered working-class identity in Egypt, although more historical than current. It is generously illustrated with photographs, maps, plans of the factory, and figures on the organization and composition of the labor force. Chakravarti provides a helpful brief history of Port Said, including the transformation of its economic center of gravity from the commercial duty-free zone established in 1975...
Review Article| December 01 2017
Made in Egypt: Gendered Identity and Aspiration on the Globalised Shop Floor by Leila Zaki Chakravarti
Made in Egypt: Gendered Identity and Aspiration on the Globalised Shop Floor, Chakravarti, Leila Zaki,
New York, Oxford:
2016, xiii + 258 pp., $110.00 (cloth); $28.00 (e-book)
Labor (2017) 14 (4): 119–120.
Joel Beinin; Made in Egypt: Gendered Identity and Aspiration on the Globalised Shop Floor by Leila Zaki Chakravarti. Labor 1 December 2017; 14 (4): 119–120. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15476715-4209580
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