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Dislocating Labour. Anthropological Reconfigurations. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue Book Series

  • ID: 4451092
  • Journal
  • May 2018
  • Region: Global
  • 208 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

The contributors to this volume interrogate the labour/capital relation exploring the ways in which industrial outsourcing and subcontracting transform the conditions, possibilities and politics of work; the effects of economic deregulation on agricultural economies and on local markets; the manner in which migration changes understandings of productive power in places that once depended on the physical and social energies of people who now labour elsewhere; and how the appearance and/or disappearance of waged work alters not only the foundational notions of the relationship between productive and reproductive labour, but also of personhood, citizenship and place. We deploy the concept of dislocation to extend the repertoire of labour analysis beyond that of dispossession and/or disorganization. By dislocation we refer to the unevenness of transnational capitalism s unfolding. Dislocation conjures the spatial movements of migrant workers and refugees, but also suggests other senses of disruption, such as the sentiment of feeling out of place, or of losing one s bearings as things change around you. Overall the volume argues that a renewed focus on labour, as both a social category and a social practice, offers a window for grasping key contemporary material, affective, moral, social and political processes. 

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Notes on contributors
Introduction. Dislocating labour: Anthropological reconfigurations (Penelope Harvey and Christian Krohn–Hansen)
1. Rethinking the concept of labour (Susana Narotzky)
Labour and capital
2. Reconfiguring labour value and the capital–labour relation in Italian global fashion (Sylvia Yanagisako)
3. Making labour in Mexican artisanal workshops (Alanna Cant)
4. Recapturing the household. Reflections on labour, productive relations and economic value (Marit Melhuus)
5. Wage–labour and a double separation in Papua New Guinea and beyond (Keir Martin)
Disorganization, precarity and affect
6. Re–learning to labour? Activation works and new politics of social assistance in the case of Slovak Roma (Jan Grill)
7. Interrupted futures: Co–operative labour and the changing forms of collective precarity in rural Andean Peru (Penelope Harvey)
8. Working (wo)man s suicide. Transnational relocations of capital repercussions for labour in South Korea (Elisabeth Schober)
Shifting relations between state, capital and place
9. Moral ecologies of subsistence and labour in a migration–affected community of Nepal (Ben Campbell)
10. State, labour, and kin: Tensions of value in an egalitarian community (Ingjerd Hoëm)
11. State against industry: Time and labour among Dominican furniture makers (Christian Krohn–Hansen)

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Penny Harvey is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She has done fieldwork in Peru, Spain and the UK and published on technology, infrastructure, expertise, materiality and the modern state. Recent publications include Roads: An Anthropology of Infrastructure and Expertise (authored with Knox, Cornell University Press, 2015) and  Infrastructures and Social Complexity (edited with Bruun Jensen and Morita, Routledge 2016);

Christian Krohn–Hansen is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He has done fieldwork in the Dominican Republic and the United States, and his research interests are centred upon the study of power and violence, political and economic life, and history. His publications include Making New York Dominican: Small Business, Politics and Everyday Life (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) and Political Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). 

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