The Kohler company, a family-owned plumbing manufactory in Wisconsin, USA, known for the 'garden industrial village' erected for its workers during the 1910s, managed class relations through a gendered spatial arrangement of its model town. In the 1930s and 1950s, unionists striking at the plant responded by articulating their class alliances within and outside the town in spatial terms that revised the meaning of the place. In the process, the Kohler unions also necessarily refigured domestic space in ways that challenged the company's mapping of domesticity in the 1930s, but they drew back from such challenges in the 1950s.
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- Gender Studies
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)