An assessment of current trends in Marxist anthropology, this collection of essays reflects both the unifying force of Marxist thought and the diversity of contemporary anthropology. Linked by a common approach—a shared commitment to Marxist analysis—the contributors look at a variety of phenomena, including the problems of labor and work, in terms
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Rethinking Marxist Anthropology -- Studying Work: Anthropological and Marxist Perspectives -- Sumer and the Indus Valley Civilization Compared: towards an Historical Understanding of the Evolution of Early States -- Nineteenth-Century Mormonism as a Partial “Asiatic” Social Formation -- Ethnic Identity and Non-Capitalist Relations of Production in Chimborazo, Ecuador1 -- The Waiting Proletariat: A New Industrial Labor Force in Rural Maquilas -- Marketers as Producers: The Labor Process and Proletarianization of Peruvian Marketwomen -- Gangs, Grassroots Politics, and the Crisis of Dependent Capitalism in Jamaica -- Management by Participation: the Division of Labour, Ideology and Contradiction in U.S. Firm -- Corporate Hegemony and Industrial Restructuring in a New England Industrial City
David Hakken is chair of the Council for Marxist Anthropology and associate professor of anthropology, SUNY-College of Technology. Hanna Lessinger is a member of the Council for Marxist Anthropology and research associate at the Southern Asian Institute, Columbia University.