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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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The triple-sidedness of “I can't breathe”

The COVID-19 pandemic, enslavement, and agro-industrial capitalism

Don Nonini

homes of affluent white families. Almost always relegated to the secondary labor markets of the industrial North and Midwest due to discrimination by white industrial labor unions ( Cowie 2010: 236–244 ; Foner 2017 [1974] ), nonetheless a significant

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Don Nonini

production of exchange value through the capitalist industrial labor process, which involves the appropriation of surplus value and its subsequent realization when the industrial capitalist sells “his” product, thus leading to his accumulation of capital

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Introduction

Marxian anthropology resurgent

Patrick Neveling and Luisa Steur

’s magnum opus, Das Kapital , opens with a detailed study of the industrial labor process, on the basis of which Marx identifies and defines how capital is accumulated by the owners of the means of production; capitalists ( Marx and Engels 1965 ). The

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Work after precarity

Anthropologies of labor and wageless life

Rebecca Prentice

: Houghton Mifflin . Hann , Chris , and Jonathan Parry , eds. 2018 . Industrial labor on the margins of capitalism: Precarity, class, and the neoliberal subject . Oxford : Berghahn . 10.2307/j.ctvw04hxm Howard , Penny McCall . 2017

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Melissa Feinberg

University Press, 2013), 97–123; Mark Pittaway, The Workers’ State: Industrial Labor and the Making of Socialist Hungary, 1944–1958 (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), esp. 144–173; Donna Harsch, Revenge of the Domestic: Women, the Family

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Sociocultural Change in Hungary

A Politico-Anthropological Approach

Ferenc Bódi and Ralitsa Savova

period of industrialization and urbanization in the second half of the nineteenth century in the Kingdom of Hungary, modernization was associated with the import of human resources: a large part of the industrial labor force consisted not of the local

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Owen White and Elizabeth Heath

Market: Social Identities in Colonial Economies,” Oxford Agrarian Studies 24, 1 (1996): 61–77. 24 Olivier Boudot, Les Schiaffino, une dynastie d’armateurs (Toulouse: Pascal Galodé, 2008). 25 Jim Jones, Industrial Labor in the Colonial World: Workers

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Cinthia Torres Toledo and Marília Pinto de Carvalho

North. Even if industrial labor has been a reference for jobs between the 1930s and the 1980s in São Paulo (Brazil), industrialization took place side-by-side with a wider service sector, and the working class always derived its subsistence from

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Battlegrounds of dependence

Reconfiguring labor, kinship and relational obligation

Keir Martin, Ståle Wig, and Sylvia Yanagisako

strengthened industrial labor discipline as elder men would be held responsible for the behavior of the younger family members they recommended, thus extending the discipline of the workplace outside into the home and the community (e.g., Dench et al. 2006