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The men who knew too much

Sardines, skills, and the labor process in Jaffa, Israel, 1948–1979

Naor Ben-Yehoyada

This historical anthropology of the rise and fall of Israel's post-1948 sardine purse-seining development project shows what happens when marginalized groups, who are initially excluded as “backward” or “primitive”, enter modernization projects that are based on politics of skillfulness and experts' control over the labor process. By focusing on the role that skills play in the struggle between experts and artisans over the labor process, I show how the dynamics within state-run production apparatuses can make workers and experts face dilemmas about productivity, profit, and effectiveness, leading to such projects' implosion. This mode of analysis exposes the contradictions within projects of governance as well as in their relational intersection with the people they subjugate and exclude.

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Andrew Sanchez

to satisfaction). Understanding this distinction provides the conceptual wherewithal to appreciate why the types of engagement that one traditionally associates with creative artisanship can also be experienced by persons whose labor disassembles

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Peter Oakley

is to make fine jewelry from plastic and hemp. Gold jewelry is understood to be fine jewelry, and the higher the gold content of the gold alloy, the better. Although artisanship has some role in appraisal, the materials still make the object what it

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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Medical Design Anthropology, Improvisational Practices and Future Imaginings

Jonathan Ventura and Wendy Gunn

these descriptions is that the aesthetic beauty of the medical product depicts not only a potential to enhance practices of relating to others within a given social environment, but also an appreciation of meticulous artisanship and a high volume of

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Osnat Roth-Cohen and Yehiel Limor

opening, standards of artisanship were rising, thanks to higher demand and the new population’s more refined needs, and commercial life in the city was flourishing, with new shops, cultural centers, and art institutions founded by new immigrants ( Bain

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Fieldwork at sunset

Visual representations of anthropology online

Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins and Hannah Gould

romanticizing of preindustrial artisanship, especially as outside capitalist rewards for labor (e.g., Sennett 2008 ). Against this, laptops and skyscrapers are markedly here and now. Several photographs (57 images) play on the well-worn contrast between