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Immaterial and industrial labor

On false binaries in Hardt and Negri's trilogy

Sylvia Yanagisako

At the core of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's thesis that a new global form of sovereignty has replaced a previous imperialist geography is their claim that the capitalist mode of production has undergone a shift from a modern era in which “industrial labor“ was hegemonic to a postmodern era in which “immaterial labor“ has become hegemonic. In this article, I argue that capitalism in Europe (let alone other areas of the world) does not conform to this model. I draw on the history of Italian manufacturing and on my ethnographic research on the silk industry of northern Italy to question the analytic usefulness of their distinction between “industrial“ and “immaterial“ labor and to show that the latter has always been crucial to industrial production. I conclude that Hardt and Negri's attempt to expand the definition of productive labor to include the “multitude“ unwittingly parallels an emerging discourse that serves to legitimate transnational hierarchies of labor.

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Anastasia Todd

Southern Ukraine, to transnational adoptee, to all-American daughter, is at once a literal as well as a symbolic enfoldment of disabled subjectivity into the national imaginary. I illustrate how her enfolding is premised on her affective labor, which

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Materialities, Histories, and the Spatialization of State Sovereignty

Valentina Napolitano, Nimrod Luz, and Nurit Stadler

In the introduction to this special section of Religion and Society, we discuss existing and potentially new intersections of border theories and religious studies in relation to two contested regions—US-Mexico and Israel-Palestine (as part of the history of the Levant)—respectively. We argue for a recentering of borderland studies through an analysis of political theologies, affective labor, and differing configurations of religious heritage, traces, and materiality. We thus define 'borderlands' as translocal phenomena that emerge due to situated political/economic and affective junctures and that amplify not only translocal but also transnational prisms. To explore these issues, we put into dialogue studies on religion, borderlands, walls, and historical/contemporary conditions in the context of US-Mexico and Israel-Palestine borders. In particular, we argue for recentering analyses in light of intensifications of state control and growing militarization in contested areas.

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Traversing Fields

Affective Continuities across Muslim and Christian Settings in Berlin

Omar Kasmani and Dominik Mattes

inhabitants; on the other, church members regularly organize evangelizing days in public space. Beyond an exclusive orientation toward the divine, affective labors in prayer gatherings of both religious groups aim at a moral transformation, however differently

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A gendered ethnography of elites

Women, inequality, and social reproduction

Luna Glucksberg

of elite women and the intimately related caring, affective labor of non-elite women present in their lives and homes. I explore the ways in which elites are socialized, and how these practices are embodied, by looking at the labor of diverse female

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Toward a Comparative Anthropology of Muslim and Christian Lived Religion

Daan Beekers

describe deeply sensorial and affective techniques of connecting to the divine that are to a large extent shared in these Muslim and Christian settings. This overlapping affective labor, they argue, is related to the “common immediate environment” and the

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Kata Szita, Paul Taberham, and Grant Tavinor

affective labor (87–93). Games such as Candy Crush might be thought of as a mere escape or distraction from our working lives, played as they are on the train as we go home at the end of the day, but Anable suspects that they have a much closer and

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Commoning in New York City, Barcelona, and Paris

Notes and observations from the field

Ida Susser

. Gramsci , Antonio . 1971 . Selections from the prison notebooks . London : International Publishers . Griffiths-Dingani , Kate . 2013 . May Day, precarity, affective labor, and the general strike . Cultural Anthropology , 14 February . https

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Rethinking the class politics of boredom

Marguerite van den Berg and Bruce O’Neill

boredom: Homelessness in the slowing global order . Durham, NC : Duke University Press . 10.1215/9780822373278 Muehlebach , Andrea . 2011 . On affective labor in post-Fordist Italy . Cultural Anthropology 26 ( 1 ): 59 – 82 . Muehlebach , Andrea

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Anastasia Todd

through her representational and affective labor as a sign of the tolerant future to come. However, it is imperative to consider that her newly rehabilitated, fetishized disabled body is made intelligible through a containment, institutionalization, and