In her preface (p. xi), Jane Collins restates Jane Schneider’s interpretation of the fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin. Schneider sees the story as one that is about European’s ambivalence about early industrialization. What do you think of her interpretation? Can you think of any other fairy tales that speak to major transformations in the world of work, or to local or global production and its consequences for marriage, realms of power, or social relationships? If you were creating a fairy tale today to speak to changing patterns of work, what story would you tell?
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Threads: Gender, Labor, and Power in the Global Apparel Industry by Jane L. Collins
Preface and Chapters 1–2