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Negotiating the Public and the Private: Garment Kormi Becoming Joggo

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Along with exploring the role of wage labor and highlighting the socio-economic effects that it has had on the garment industry workers in Bangladesh, this chapter demonstrates how life outside the factories, to a large degree, revolved around the same values and concerns that preoccupied workers when they were at work. It is claimed that the ideological world had no outside, and that all the ruptures or changes in it continuously created new social orders with open-ended possibilities to which the workers were connected. The reconfiguration of the social order is manifested by the ever-emergent category of the joggo nari, that is, the worthy woman. An analysis of these events and processes sheds light on the ongoing creation and transformation of the social in its totalization process.

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • Becoming
  • Garment kormi
  • Garment worker
  • Ideological world
  • Joggo nari
  • Life outside the factory
  • Open-ended possibilities
  • Public and private
  • Ready-made garment industry
  • Social order
  • Totalization
  • Worthy woman

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Notes

  1. 1.

    I discuss her detailed life story in Chap. 7.

  2. 2.

    See Hasan (2018) for a discussion on this from a moral economy perspective.

  3. 3.

    During my fieldwork, married women workers during group discussions on several occasions mentioned: ‘After marriage, we do not send money to our parents.’

  4. 4.

    See Chap. 7 for a discussion on the equalizing and hierarchical forces in the lives of the garment workers.

  5. 5.

    Nietzsche (2007 [1887]) rejected the a priori claims of traditional metaphysics on the basis that they purported to represent a true world which is in reality utterly fanciful. So, logic and mathematics are inventions, not in any way given to us, either by a true world or by any kind of fanciful a priori intuitions. Thus, he proposed revaluation of all values.

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Hasan, M.T. (2022). Negotiating the Public and the Private: Garment Kormi Becoming Joggo. In: Everyday Life of Ready-made Garment Kormi in Bangladesh. Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99902-5_6

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