Girls of the Factory

Inside the Walls of Fez

Inside the Walls of Fez Check out this great article, shared by Patty McWayne, about Fez.  The pictures give a nice visual to go along with the book we read....

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Girls of the Factory: Discussion Questions

Dear Readers, Below is a list of questions from author M. Laetita Cairoli to help guide your reading of Girls of the Factory.  We welcome your comments about the book here on the blog and look forward to discussing the book with you on October 1!   Preface 1. What is the purpose of a book’s preface? 2. How and why did the author develop this book? How much time has elapsed between writing and research?   Introduction   (Note: As I state in the preface, the narrative portion of this text could stand alone from this introduction, which is more theoretical in nature, depending on the level of the students.)  1. In the introduction the author states her goals for the book. What are these goals? 2. Why has the author chosen the narrative style for this ethnography? 3. In what way do the book’s three sections – street, factory, home—correspond to divisions the girls themselves impose upon space? How does the factory/home dichotomy get used by theorists investigating the global factory? 5. What are some of the issues that have been raised by theorists studying the work of girls and women in factories across the globe? How does the author deal with these issues? 10. Who are the garment girls of Fes? Consider their age, educational status, family position, class status, etc. 11. What are the central values and expectations of Fes families regarding their daughters?    Chapter 1 1. Look at the map of Fes given here. Where are the Ville Nouvelle, the medina, the factory districts located relative to one another? Based on the author’s descriptions, what are the differences between these particular sections of the city? 2. The director of the Fes Chamber of Commerce does not want the author to step inside a factory, although he agrees to allow her to view them from the outside. In your opinion, what is motivating him? Is Malik’s explanation sufficient? 3. Haja and Fatima both advise the author not to return to the factory where she met them. In your opinion, why are they so certain the owner would not be happy with a repeat visit? Should the author listen to their advice? Why or why not? 4. “As job hunters in an unpredictable job market, these young women were free from their family’s watchful eyes, enjoying an autonomy that would have been unimaginable had they not been forced...

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