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Hien's shed: (re)framing images of female immigrant home-based clothing workers

Pardy, Maree 2014, Hien's shed: (re)framing images of female immigrant home-based clothing workers, Gender, place and culture: a journal of feminist geography, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 68-86.

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Title Hien's shed: (re)framing images of female immigrant home-based clothing workers
Author(s) Pardy, Maree
Journal name Gender, place and culture: a journal of feminist geography
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 68
End page 86
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0966-369X
Keyword(s) outworker
framing
Vietnamese women
transitional space
migrant
Summary Campaigns in support of home-based clothing workers (or ‘outworkers’ as they are more commonly known in Australia) deploy powerful images of the exploitative underside of fashion. The migrant woman huddled over her machine has become the quintessential image of campaigns directed against this exploitation. This article engages critically with the politics of such image-making. By examining how frames simultaneously shrink and magnify the image produced it raises questions about what these images exclude or expel and whether and how this matters. It also offers an alternative frame of the female immigrant outworker – an up-close portrait of Hien, a Vietnamese woman who works at home sewing clothes in her suburban shed. The article introduces Hien through a condensed collection of her self-narratives, before moving on to consider how a trade union and community-based movement against outworker exploitation mobilised images of suffering and injured Vietnamese women to promote its cause. It asks how these images speak for and represent women like Hien and suggests that their political ‘success’ relies to some extent on the women being ‘unseen’ and made to ‘unspeak’. Finally, through the metaphor of space, it proffers an expanded dimension to the already framed images invoking Hien’s shed as a space that both produces and disciplines her: ultimately, a ‘transitional space’ between the external and internal worlds that shape and constrain her.
Language eng
Field of Research 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified
160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940113 Gender and Sexualities
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085269

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