Workers' Expressions: Beyond Accommodation and Resistance available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
This book explores the interrelations between work and social life. It emphasizes how workers’ expressive forms and public performances connect with processes of social, cultural, and individual empowerment. Departing from perspectives that emphasize organizational integration, equilibrium, and continuity, the authors present evidence from anthropology, history, and folklore to explore intersection of popular culture and working situations.
The authors offer new data in the on-going debate about the separation of work and leisure, and raise questions about the diverse representations of class and the labor process. They identify workers’ cultural values that emerge within the changing context of production, and that are not merely an outcome of industrial hegemony. Instead, workers’ representations and articulations of craft mastery, class identity, and gender, reveal transformations of the traditional categories of those who produce and those who appropriate value. The studies of workers’ lives range from contemporary United States and Mexico to China, India, and Japan.
About the Author
John Calagione is lecturer at the City College of New York (CCNY), Center for Worker Education.
Doris Francis is Professor of Health Services Management at the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School for Social Research.
Daniel Nugent is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona at Tucson.
Table of Contents
1. Workers' Expressions: Beyond Accommodation and Resistance on the Margins of Capitalism
John Calagione and Daniel Nugent
2. Working in Time: Music and Power on the Job in New York City
3. Popular Musical Culture in Rural Chihuahua: Accommodation or Resistance?
4. Artistic Creations from the Work Years: The New York World of Work
5. Exploring the Boundaries of Occupational Knowledge
6. Eating Out of One Big Pot: Silk Workers in Contemporary China
7. The Festival's Work as Leisure: The Traditional Craftsmen of Gion Festival
Tamara K. Hareven
8. Work and Worship: Changing Images and Changing Lives in West Bengal
9. Working Through the Crisis: Resistance and Resignation in the Culture of a Deindustrialized Community
10. Work and Gusto: Gender and Re-Creation in a North Mexican Pueblo
Ana Maria Alonso
Daniel Nugent, Doris Francis, John Calagione