Of Silk, Women, and Capital: Peasant Women's Labor in Chinese and Other Third World Capitalisms

  title={Of Silk, Women, and Capital: Peasant Women's Labor in Chinese and Other Third World Capitalisms},
  author={Lynda Schaefer Bell},
  journal={Journal of Women's History},
  pages={106 - 82}
  • L. Bell
  • Published 1 February 2000
  • Economics
  • Journal of Women's History
In the early twentieth century, Chinese peasant women's work in sericulture fused with modern factory production of raw silk, generating a nonclassic form of Third World capitalism. In Wuxi County, near the modern treaty port city of Shanghai, women worked long hours raising silkworms for daily incomes far below those men earned in grain farming. Escalating demand for silkworm cocoons helped stimulate a gendered division of labor in all types of work peasant households performed, with men… 
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