Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Sri Lanka’s Global Factory Workers: (Un) Disciplined Desires and Sexual Struggles in a Post-Colonial Society

Hewamanne, Sandya (Fellow, 2011-12)

London: Routledge, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Exploring the alternative sexual world created by Sri Lanka’s female global factory workers who engage in practices—such as premarital sex, unmarried cohabitation, and, to a lesser extent, lesbianism—that mainstream Sinhalese Buddhist culture considers taboo, the author demonstrates that the articulations of good and bad women in relation to sexual behavior has rendered global workers’ sexual lives "unutterable," leading to zones of silence, contradictory articulations and performances. Taking the reader into the forbidden zones of sexual discourses, choices, acts, and texts enacted and expressed in visible arenas yet remain unseen, unread or misread by onlookers, the book critically investigate how cultural, economic and political processes are implicated in the construction and expression of working class female sexualities.


Subjects: Gender and Sexuality; Sociology; Factory Workers; Free Trade Zone; Gender Inequality; Sexuality; South Asian Studies; Social Norms; Women's Studies;