Industrial Work and Life: An Anthropological Reader

Industrial Work and Life: An Anthropological Reader


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Industrial Work and Life: An Anthropological Reader is a comprehensive anthropological overview of industrialisation in both Western and non-Western societies. Based on contemporary and historical ethnographic material, the book unpacks the 'world of industry' in the context of the shop floor, the family, and the city, revealing the rich social and political texture underpinning economic development. It also provides a critical discussion of the assumptions that inform much of the social science literature on industrialisation and industrial 'modernity'. The reader is divided into four thematic sections, each with a clear and informative introduction: historical development of industrial capitalism; shopfloor organisation; the relationships between the workplace and the home; the teleology of industrial 'modernity' and working-class consciousness. With readings by key writers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, Industrial Work and Life is the essential introduction to the study of industrialisation in different societies. It will appeal to students across a wide range of subjects including: anthropology, comparative sociology, social history, development studies, industrial relations and management studies. Includes essays by: E.P. Thompson, Aihwa Ong, Jonathan Parry, Thomas C. Smith, Harry Braverman, Michael Burawoy, Huw Beynon, Françoise Zonabend, James Carrier, Leslie Salzinger, Ching Kwan Lee, Ronald Dore, Tom Gill, Carla Freeman, Max Gluckman, James Ferguson, Chitra Joshi, Lisa Rofel, Geert De Neve, Karl Marx, Rajnarayan Chandavarkar, Robert Roberts, June Nash, Christena Turbaner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847880741
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Series: LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology , #92
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.77(w) x 9.66(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Geert De Neeve is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex. Massimilano Mollona is Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Jonathan Parry is Professor of Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

General Introduction Massimiliano Mollona xi

Part 1 Industrial Time and Work Discipline

Sectional Introduction 3

1 Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism E.P. Thompson 9

2 Peasant Time and Factory Time in Japan Thomas C. Smith 41

3 Satanic Fields, Pleasant Mills: Work in an Indian Steel Plant Jonathan Parry 65

4 The Production of Possession: Spirits and the Multinational Corporation in Malaysia Aihwa Ong 83

Part 2 Industrial Work: Skill, Control and Consent

Sectional Introduction 105

5 Scientific Management Harry Braverman 111

6 Controlling the Line Huw Beynon 129

7 Thirty Years of Making Out Michael Burawoy 145

8 The Nuclear Everyday Fran?oise Zonabend 167

Part 3 'Work', 'Life' and Gender

Sectional Introduction 189

9 Emerging Alienation in Production: A Maussian History James G. Carrier 197

10 Gendered Meanings in Contention: Anarchomex Leslie Salzinger 221

11 Localistic Despotism Ching Kwan Lee 239

12 Femininity and Flexible Labor: Fashioning Class Through Gender on the Global Assembly Line Carla Freeman 257

13 The Enterprise as Community Ronald Dore 271

14 Yoseba and Ninpudashi: Changing Patterns of Employment on the Fringes of the Japanese Economy Tom Gill 279

Part 4 The Road(s) to Industrial 'Modernity'

Sectional Introduction 293

15 Anthropological Problems Arising from the African Industrial Revolution Max Gluckman 299

16 Global Disconnect: Abjection and the Aftermath of Modernism James Ferguson 311

17 Despair: The Decline of the Kanpur Textile Mills Chitra Joshi 331

18 The Poetics of Productivity Lisa Rofel 341

19 Asking for and Giving Baki: Neo-bondage, or the Interplay of Bondage and Resistance in the Tamilnadu Power-loom Industry Geert De Neve 363

Part 5 The Industrial Working Class?

Sectional Introduction 387

20 Bourgeois and Proletarians Karl Marx 395

21 Perspectives on the Politics of Class Rajnarayan Chandavarkar 405

22 Class Structure in the Classic Slum Robert Roberts 415

23 Community and Class Consciousness Jane Nash 427

24 Learning to Protest in Japan: Class Consciousness, Solidarity, and Political Action Christena Turner 437

Appendix of Sources 463

List of Series 467

Index 475

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