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Dislocating Labour: Anthropological Reconfigurations



Dislocating Labour: Anthropological Reconfigurations

Penelope Harvey (Editor), Christian Krohn-Hansen (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-50838-0 May 2018 Wiley-Blackwell 208 Pages


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.

  • Discusses the effects of economic deregulation on agricultural economies and on local markets
  • Investigates 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
  • Shows 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
  • Deploys the concept of dislocation to extend the repertoire of labour analysis beyond that of dispossession and/or disorganization
  • 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

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)