1st Edition

Industrial Work and Life
An Anthropological Reader

ISBN 9781847880741
Published December 1, 2009 by Routledge
512 Pages

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Book Description

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 Turner.

Table of Contents

General introductionPART 1: TIME AND WORK DISCIPLINE Sectional Introduction1.Time, work-discipline and industrial capitalism, Edward Palmer Thompson2.The production of possession: Spirits and the multinational corporation in Malaysia, Aihwa Ong3.Satanic fields, pleasant mills: work in an Indian steel plant, Jonathan Parry, 4.Peasant time and factory time in Japan, Thomas C. SmithPART 2: WORK ORGANISATIONSectional Introduction5.Scientific Management, Harry Braverman6.Thirty years of making out, Michael Burawoy7.Controlling the line, Huw Beynon8.The nuclear everyday, Françoise ZonabendPart 3: 'WORK' AND 'LIFE'Sectional Introduction9.Emerging alienation in production: a Maussian history, James Carrier10.Gendered Meanings in Contention, Leslie Salzinger11.Local Despotism, Ching Kwan Lee12.The enterprise as a community, Ronald Dore, 13.Yoseba and Ninpudashi: Changing Patterns of Employment on the fringes of the Japanese Economy, Tom Gill14.Femininity and flexible labor: Fashioning class through gender on the global assembly line, Carla FreemanPART 4: INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AS TELOS Sectional Introduction15.Anthropological problems arising from the African Industrial Revolution, Max Gluckman 16.Global Disconnect: Abjection and the Aftermath of Modernism, James Ferguson 17.Despair, Chitra Joshi 18.The Poetics of Productivity, Lisa Rofel19.Asking for and giving baki, Geert De NevePART 5: THE WORKING CLASS? Sectional Introduction20.Bourgeois and proletarians, Karl Marx 21.Perspectives on the politics of class, Rajnarayan Chandavarkar22.Class structure in the classic slum, Robert Roberts 23.The cultural roots of working class identity in the Bolivian tin mines, June Nash 24.Learning to Protest in Japan, Christena Turner BibliographyIndex

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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.