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Tracing the VeinsOf Copper, Culture, and Community from Butte to Chuquicamata$
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Janet Finn

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520211360

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520211360.001.0001

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Crafting the Everyday

Crafting the Everyday

(p.147) Five Crafting the Everyday
Tracing the Veins

Janet L. Finn

University of California Press

This chapter develops the theme of crafting the everyday by taking a comparative look at “working-class” women's experiences in Butte and Chuquicamata. Women's stories encode a language and practice of class that is absent in men's accounts. Differing temporal and spatial patters molded women's lives in Butte and Chuquicamata. In Butte, the three-year cycle of labor contracts created temporal rhythms of community life that profoundly shaped women's social reality. In Chuquicamata, lives were spatially structured around the lines at the communal water pumps and company stores, where waiting was women's work. These gendered practices of daily life posed distinct challenges to consciousness and action.

Keywords:   Butte, Chuquicamata, women's experiences, labor contracts, communal water pumps

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