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The Routledge Handbook of the Anthropology of Labor

Edited by: Sharryn Kasmir , Lesley Gill

Print publication date:  June  2022
Online publication date:  June  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367745509
eBook ISBN: 9781003158448
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The Routledge Handbook of the Anthropology of Labor offers a cross-cultural examination of labor around the world and presents the breadth of a growing and vital subfield of anthropology.

As we enter a new crisis-ridden age, some laboring people are protected, while others face impoverishment and death, as they work in unsafe conditions, migrate to gain livelihoods, languish in the unwaged sector, and become targets of law enforcement. The contributions to this volume address questions surrounding the categorization and visibility of work, the relationship of labor to the state, and how divisions of labor map onto racial, gendered, sexual, and national inequalities. In addition to the emotional dimensions and subjectivities of labor, the book also examines how laborers can articulate common experiences and identities, build organizational forms, and claim power together.

Bringing together the work of an impressive group of international scholars, this Handbook is essential for anthropologists with an interest in labor and political economy, as well as useful for scholars and students in related fields such as sociology and geography.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  To have a life Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The many workers of capitalism Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Labour, property and persons Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Labor and merchant capitalism in Myanmar and Thailand Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Between the labor theory of value and the value theory of labor Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Social reproduction and the heterogeneity of the population as labour Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Labor in the time of COVID-19 (with apologies to Gabriel García Márquez) Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Labour organisation Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Class analysis across the “Capitalist/Communist” divide Download PDF
Chapter  10:  New forms of labor and resistance in the era of financialization  Download PDF
Chapter  11:  International unions as a sphere of working-class (re)organization Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Working-class, political organization, and popular economy in Argentina Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Factory takeovers for production under self-management Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Laboring for whiteness Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Food, labor, and political struggle Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Working the supply chain Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Space–time compression Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Tea in troubled times Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Two workplaces and a revolution Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Freedom at work inside and outside the gig economy Download PDF
Chapter  21:  In the Romanian bubble of outsourced creativity  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Border walls and passages Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The unmaking of Puerto Rican migrant farmworkers in the 1970s Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Contract migrant farmworkers in North America Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Migration, “affective” labour and capitalist reproduction Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Going global Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Social justice writing and photography Download PDF
Chapter  28:  A strike to remember Download PDF
Chapter  29:  ‘We are supposed to be the middle class’ Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Technologies of transformation Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Beyond birthing Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Class and labor organization in building ships and dreams Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Unruly workers and laborless landscapes Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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