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By Carla Freeman

Excessive Tech and excessive Heels within the worldwide economic system is an ethnography of globalization located on the intersection among political economic climate and cultural stories. Carla Freeman’s fieldwork in Barbados grounds the tactics of transnational capitalism—production, intake, and the crafting of recent identities—in the lives of Afro-Caribbean ladies operating in a brand new high-tech known as “informatics.” It locations gender on the middle of transnational research, and native Caribbean tradition and background on the middle of worldwide experiences. Freeman examines the growth of the worldwide meeting line into the area of computer-based paintings, and focuses particularly at the incorporation of younger Barbadian ladies into those high-tech informatics jobs. As such, Caribbean girls are obvious as essential no longer just to the workings of globalization yet as supporting to form its very shape. throughout the enactment of “professionalism” in either appearances and exertions practices, and via insisting that motherhood and paintings move hand in hand, they re-define the corporations’ profile of “ideal” employees and create their very own “pink-collar” identities. via new modes of gown and imagemaking, the informatics staff search to differentiate themselves from manufacturing facility employees, and to accomplish those new modes of intake, they interact in a big selection of additional source of revenue incomes actions. Freeman argues that for the hot Barbadian pink-collar staff, the globalization of construction can't be seen except the globalization of intake. In doing so, she indicates the connections among formal and casual economies, and demanding situations long-standing oppositions among first global shoppers and 3rd international manufacturers, in addition to white-collar and blue-collar exertions. Written in a mode that permits the voices of the pink-collar staff to illustrate the simultaneous burdens and pleasures in their paintings, excessive Tech and excessive Heels within the worldwide financial system will attract students and scholars in a variety of disciplines, together with anthropology, cultural stories, sociology, women’s experiences, political economic system, and Caribbean reports, in addition to hard work and postcolonial stories.

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Had been busy, and most of the data processors had worked overtime the day before, catching up on a heavy batch of credit card receipts from a Canadian client company. Five of the sixty young women workers in the shift emerged from the glass doors of Barbados’s newest informatics company, animated as they compared their daily work rates and resultant pay. All were data processors and all but one had achieved the ‘‘incentive’’ bonus earned by fulfilling a ten-thousandkeystroke-per-hour minimum. The bonuses, together with overtime pay, had boosted their wages for the week by roughly 25 percent.

Many families in the Caribbean rely on the remittances and goods sent by relatives working abroad, and in turn, many transmigrants depend on family ‘‘at home’’ to maintain properties for them, or to provide a home when they return for holidays or need an emotional base. Transnational political networks figure prominently in both ‘‘metropolitan’’ and Caribbean elections. Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s reference to New York as the ‘‘Dizyem Depatman-an’’ or Tenth Department of Haiti is one example of the importance of Caribbean transnationalism in ‘‘local’’ political economy and culture (Basch, Glick-Schiller, and SzantonBlanc 1994:1).

Lucy or St. Joseph (parishes evocatively referred to as ‘‘behind God’s back’’) who had never been to Bridgetown. Today, the hustle and bustle of Barbados’s capital city is marked by tour buses and taxi cabs shuttling cruise ship passengers on sightseeing trips and to local restaurants and beaches, and by an escalating number of imported cars and recreational vehicles. Local shoppers ride new Mercedes buses and Japanese ‘‘maxi-taxis’’ between town and home and are as likely to carry home breadfruit and local carrots as they are imported apples and mangoes.

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