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Managing WomenDisciplining Labor in Modern Japan$
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Elyssa Faison

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252967

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252967.001.0001

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Sex, Strikes, and Solidarity

Sex, Strikes, and Solidarity

Tōyō Muslin and the Labor Unrest of 1930

(p.81) Chapter 4 Sex, Strikes, and Solidarity
Managing Women

Elyssa Faison

University of California Press

This chapter examines the 1930 Toyo Muslin strike in which female employees walked off the job and eventually fought a street battle with the police and strongmen hired by the company. This strike involved not only employer and employees, but a wide range of actors, including left intellectuals, social reformers, union activists and organizers, workers, their families, the townspeople of Kameido (the Tokyo neighborhood where the factories were located), the state (in the form of local police), right-wing gangs, and the company itself. What was at stake for each of these social actors varied widely, but the rhetoric deployed by the protagonists reveals the way debates over womanhood, class identities, and the meaning of civil rights and national responsibilities were central to the standoff.

Keywords:   1930 Toyo Muslin strike, Kameido, womanhood, class identities, civil rights

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