Assembling Flowers and Cultivating Homes: Labor and Gender by Greta Friedemann-Sánchez

By Greta Friedemann-Sánchez

This ethnographic research explores the hyperlinks among agro-industrial employment within the context of monetary adjustment courses and the person adventure of employment and monetary swap on the family point. writer Greta Friedemann-S_nchez's demanding situations the present educational consensus that transnational meeting line industries make stronger patriarchal ideologies of replica and the exploitation of girls.

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Fortunately, a friend and colleague then offered to put me in contact with the uncle of a friend, owner of a flower company in the region. The owner of Muisca Flowers was the contact my friend provided. He was a kind man in his fifties. It appeared from his attitude when I first arrived at his office at the flower farm that other researchers had approached him before. ” As I told him about the project and what I wanted to do, he sat straight up and began to show interest. We had a two-hour in-depth conversation.

For example, the flower farm Muisca Flowers employs a psychologist, Victoria Rondón, who works as the human resource manager for the company. In her forties and divorced, mother of a ten-year-old daughter, Rondón has been working for Muisca Flowers since it started twenty years ago. She is treated with respect but not as deferentially as the owner. She is called Señora Victoria, a step down from usages of Don (with first name) or Señor (with last name) employed for the owner, as a member of the upper class.

He lets workers in and stops visitors, calling the main office to get permission to allow them in. On the left of the tree-lined road is a big artificial water reservoir that was under construction when I was there. Beyond the “lake,” as the water reservoir is called, are pastures for cattle where a dozen or so Holstein cows eat grass. The cows are a “leftover” of what once was the dominant mode of production in this large piece of land. At about 40 meters into the farm, on the right, is the first block of flowers.

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