Labor in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Labor in Cross-Cultural Perspective

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Labor in Cross-Cultural Perspective

This excellent new volume in the series from the Society for Economic Anthropology focuses on the role of labor in contrasting world economies. The contributors offer a diverse collection of case studies, illustrating labor processes in a wide range of contexts in both western and nonwestern societies. The volume presents a detailed portrait of how the mobilization of labor changes dramatically with variations in social, political and economic conditions, as well as location and time period, reaffirming the unique contribution of anthropology to economic research. Individual sections include discussions on household labor, firms and corporations, and state and transnational conditions. This book will be a valuable resource for scholars, students and interested readers of international economics, anthropology, development issues, labor studies and sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759105836
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 01/09/2006
Series: Society for Economic Anthropology Monograph Series , #23
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

E. Paul Durrenberger is professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. He received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1971. He has served on the executive board of the American Anthropological Association, and as president of Culture and Agriculture, the Society for Economic Anthropology, and the Council of Thai Studies. He has done ethnographic fieldwork in highland and lowland Southeast Asia, Iceland, Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. His most recent publications include Pigs, Profits and Rural Communities (1998) and with Tom King, State and Community in Fisheries Management: Power Policy and Practice (2000). Judith Martí is professor of anthropology at California State University, Northridge. She serves as Secretary-Treasurer and Editorial Board member of the Society for Economic Anthropology.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction 3 1 Sewer Socialism and Labor: The Pragmatics of Running a Good City 3 2 Political-Economic Change, Cultural Traditions, and Household Organization in Rural Mali 4 PART I: HOUSEHOLDS 6 3 Labor Discipline, Debt and Effort in a Philippine Fishing Community 7 5 Baragining Wages and Controlling Performance: Harvest Labor in Coffee and Citrus 7 4 ¿Ayuda or Work? Labor History of Female Heads of Household from Oaxaca, Mexico 8 6 We're to Stand Side by Side: Household Production and Women's Work in Rural Mining Communities 8 PART II: FIRMS AND CORPORATE ENTITIES 9 7 The Emergence of Worker Cooperatives in Japan among Middle-Aged Middle-Class Housewives in the Late Twentieth Century 12 8 Proletarianization of Professional Work and Changed Workplace Relationships 12 9 Of Corvee and Slavery: Historical Intricacies of the Division of Labor and State Power in Northern Thailand 13 PART III: STATES: PREMODERN TO TRANSNATIONAL 13 10 Hilltowns and Valley Fields: Great Transformations, Labor, and Long-Term History in Ancient Oaxaca 14 11 A Political Economy from Increasing Marginal Returns to Labor: An Example from Viking Age Iceland 16 13 Crossing the Border From Jalisco, Mexico: Network-Mediated Entry into Micro-Labor Enclaves 17 12 Immigrant Labor in the New United States Economy: Anthropological Notes 19 14 Volunteer Labor: "Adding Value" to Local Culture

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