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Disorder and the Unappreciated Order - Women, Migration and Labor in Mozambique

Fletcher Africana Club and Fletcher Global Women

Monday, March 4, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

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SPEAKER: Professor Jeanne Marie Penvenne, PhD Associate Professor of History Department of History, Tufts University 

At the close of the colonial era in Mozambique (1972-74), cashew nuts were the country's largest source of foreign exchange, outstripping staple exports like sugar and cotton. Despite the growing importance of industrially processed cashew nuts in the Mozambican economy only a tiny handful of the hundreds of business and scientific articles about the cashew shelling industry so much as mentioned that the industry was firmly anchored in the labor of African women-tens of thousands of them.

The women, the ways they ordered their lives and the urban order that underpinned growing industrialization were largely conflated by the colonial state into problematic disorder.  Taking the case of Mozambique, this talk argues that theorists and analysts continue to conceptualize key areas of society and the economy as either disorder or negative placements. It is much more useful to frame our analysis on what we can show is present and functioning than on assumptions of failed states, and negative placements.

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Cabot 206
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
160 Packard Ave
Medford, MA 02155

Monday, March 4, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)


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