30 May 2012

Caitrin Lynch and Lynn Kear are Woman-Stirred

This week I welcome anthropologist Caitrin Lynch, whose new book, Retirement on the Line: age, work, and value in an American factory (Cornell UP), is a fascinating ethnology of the Vita Needle factory in Needham, MA, and Lynn Kear, whose second novel, Tighter, Tighter is a tale of secrets and retribution.   
Lynn Kear, PhD

First up at 4:15, is Lynn Kear, who grew up in Illinois and has lived in Georgia for more than twenty years. Here is how Kear describes Tighter, Tighter:


“I wanted to explore various themes in this novel. For one thing, I’m intrigued how people’s lives can take such different paths, often because of a single event or a series of seemingly unimportant decisions. I also wanted to write about the complicated relationships between parents and children. Finally, I have nostalgia for the 1970s and wanted to capture the life of a young person growing up in a small Illinois town.”


Then at 5:00, Dr. Caitrin Lynch comes on air to talk about Retirement on the Line: age, work, and value in an American factory.
Caitrin Lynch, PhD
The idea of elder workers is not all that surprising or unusual these days, and since the Crash of 2008, there are more and more women and men who have had to retire from retirement in order to make ends meet, afford medications, or, for those elders who are more comfortable financially, to keep busy and add dimension to the what some describe as the loneliness and isolation of retirement. 

In Retirement on the Line, Caitrin Lynch moves beyond the obvious facts of elder employment to the Vita Needle Company of Needham, Massachusetts. The company hires older workers as a matter of policy and Caitrin Lynch "explores what this ...company's commitment to an elderly workforce means for the employer, the workers, the community, and society more generally" (GLW). 

Caitrin Lynch, Phd, is currently a Visiting Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University. At Olin College, she teaches in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences program. She is the secretary of the American Ethnological Society (of the American Anthropological Association) and past treasurer of the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies. Dr. Lynch has published Juki Girls, Good Girls: Gender and Cultural Politics in Sri Lanka's Global Garment Industry (Cornell, 2007), and she is the producer of the documentary film, My Name is Julius www.juliusfilm.com.

So please join us this Thursday, May 31st for interviews with Lynn Kear and Caitrin Lynch. Call the air studio at 802.454.7762 and join the conversation!



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