SUNY series in the Anthropology of Work

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Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline, Second Edition

New edition of Aihwa Ong’s classic ethnographic study of Malay women factory workers.

Subsidizing Capitalism

Examines the economic activities of self-employed brickmakers and the unpaid family members and others who assist them in Mexico.

Workers and Narratives of Survival in Europe

Chronicles the growing impact of job uncertainty on workers in Europe.

In the Name of Harmony and Prosperity

Offers an analysis of the dynamics of Taiwan's export-oriented industrialization, particularly its impact on women and other workers.

Circle of Goods

Studies how women in a reservation economy have creatively responded to federal policy.

Brickyards to Graveyards

Explores how the conditions that shaped Rwanda's labor organization and industries also shaped Rwanda's genocide.

Contesting Agriculture

Examines the privatization of agriculture in eastern Germany since 1989.

Embroidering Lives

Fusing aesthetic and economic perspectives in exploring the lives and work of women in the Lucknow, India embroidery industry, this book offers insights into anthropology of work and women’s studies.

In the Wake of the Giant

Contrasting "native" and "outsider" points of view, this book explores the contemporary realities of work, development and redevelopment in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a New England community undergoing rapid industrial restructuring.

More Than Class

Examines the changing texture of power relations in non-traditional U. S. worksites.

The Myth of Mondragon

Shows how the creation of an idealized image of the Mondragon cooperatives is part of a new global ideology that promotes cooperative labor-management relations in order to discredit labor unions and working-class organizations.

The Two Milpas of Chan Kom

An ethnographic account of Chan Kom, a contemporary Maya community in Yucatan, Mexico that focuses on the social schism within the community resulting from an accelerated process of migration to Cancun, a major tourist center.

Meanings of Work

This book examines the fast-changing patterns of work in the global market and the resulting social, cultural, and economic impact on the work force.

Crafts in the World Market

The growing exchange of traditional craft objects in world markets has had a profound impact on the lives of the women and men who produce them. These essays describe how the flow of goods from the industrial ...

Jones's Minimal

This book addresses the ways employers in American industries use race, gender, ethnicity, and institutions of the state and the church to manipulate workers' networks and communities, and ultimately, ...

Union Voices

The contributors to this book are labor activists reflecting on their direct experiences and their union's efforts to address the serious problems facing them in a rapidly changing political and economic ...

The Concept of Work

This book presents an analysis amd review of work, starting with the Homeric period, then dealing with classical Greece and classical Rome, the early Christians and Jews, the early Middle Ages, the era ...

Workers' Expressions

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. ...

American Enterprise in Japan

This book describes how American and Japanese management ideologies meet, collide, and contend in the process of competitive cooperation during a joint venture in Japan. In a detailed case study, Hamada ...

Invisible Factories

Invisible Factories analyzes the role of the informal economy in national development and weighs alternative claims about its impact on industrial development. Detailed case studies of the electronics ...

Apprenticeship

This book examines the phenomenon of apprenticeship by exploring it as a social, economic, and educational institution. Studies of apprenticeship in both craft occupations and supernatural specializations ...

From Tank Town to High Tech

This is a book about the impact of high tech defense production on individuals, families, and communities. It analyzes the restructuring of an American industry around high tech defense production, and ...

Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline

Why are Malay women workers periodically seized by spirit possession on the shopfloors of modern factories? In this book, Aihwa Ong captures the disruptions, conflicts, and ambivalences in the lives of ...

Open Country, Iowa

Open Country, Iowa links anthropology and history in a woman's perspective on the changing social patterns of rural Iowa communities. Using life stories which she has collected, Deborah Fink explores ...

Stepchildren of Progress

Dramatic changes caused by a foreign-owned nickel mining company in an Indonesian town provide the setting for this ethnographic study. Robinson notes the changes that took place in Soroako, a village ...

Work in Non-Market and Transitional Societies

In industrialized cultures, what we do to earn a living is usually divorced from what we do the rest of the time. This contrasts with non-market cultures, where work is an intimate part of life. People ...

Work in Market and Industrial Societies

It's a living! That fact, no one can deny. Yet the significance of work—productive activity which alters the physical environment to meet human needs—goes far beyond the paycheck. Work involves, among ...

Women, Men, and the International Division of Labor

The last few decades have witnessed a growing integration of the world system of production on the basis of a new relationship between less developed and highly industrialized countries. The effect is ...

The Redivision of Labor

How does economic development affect women in Latin America? This work examines the different ways that economic and social relations between the sexes are redefined in Guatemala as capitalist expansion ...

For We are Sold, I and My People

On the basis of systematic research and personal experience, For We Are Sold, I and My People uncovers some of the social costs of modern production. Maria Patricia Fernandez-Kelly peels off the labels--"Made ...