A woman's place in the crab processing industry of Eastern Carolina

Selby, E., Dixon, D.P. and Hapke, H. (2001) A woman's place in the crab processing industry of Eastern Carolina. Gender, Place and Culture, 8(3), pp. 229-253. (doi: 10.1080/714890283)

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Traditionally, most of the pickers used in the crab processing industry of rural Eastern Carolina have been women from the local area, both black and white, while the managerial staff has comprised white women related through kinship to the white, male crab house owners. In recent years, however, this recruitment strategy has changed. Following the lead of the regional poultry industry, the crab houses are now bringing in Mexican workers under the H2-B visa program. Unlike many of the Mexican migrant workers coming into the USA, the crab labor force is made up of women, about half of whom are married with children. This article provides a case study of the ensuing dual labor structure within the crab processing industry. Utilizing in-depth interviews with the employers and employees of the Luther Lewis and Son crab house, the authors ask: What are the contours of inclusiveness and exclusiveness within and without the crab house?

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dixon, Professor Deborah
Authors: Selby, E., Dixon, D.P., and Hapke, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Gender, Place and Culture
ISSN (Online):1360-0524

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