When I first met 33-year-old Dipesh in the Indian city of Jamshedpur in the spring of 2014, he was employed in a small family-owned scrap metal yard called Lohar Enterprises. 1 Dipesh had worked in the yard for only two weeks, having been
Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis
specific types of work posed heightened risk. Indoor work, and work in close physical proximity, brought heightened risk of infection. The virus could also hitch itself to precarity, travelling, for example, with workers moving between different jobs in
Implications for Addressing Global Climate Change
Diana Stuart, Ryan Gunderson, and Brian Petersen
gives context to, ideas and beliefs. The Marxist conception of ideology has been applied primarily to explain why workers willingly accept an alienated existence, involving low wages and demeaning work, rather than revolting to create a system where they
The Politics of Outsourced Immigration Enforcement in Mexico
, has prompted critics to call out the Mexican government for doing the “dirty work” of the United States. The idea of “dirty work” is not unique to the North and Central American context. Recent reports from Niger and Libya document the “dirty work
Making diamonds ethical in Canada’s Northwest Territories
Lindsay A. Bell
-community partnerships. Specifically, marketing campaigns and local public relations materials stress the capacity for mine development to provide local and Indigenous people with training for high wage work. In 2008, as part of a larger ethnographic investigation of
Diagrams beyond Mere Tools
Lukas Englemann, Caroline Humphrey, and Christos Lynteris
This special issue moves beyond an understanding of diagrams as mere inscriptions of objects and processes, proposing instead to re-evaluate diagrammatic reasoning as the work that is carried out with, on, and beyond diagrams. The introduction presents this issue’s focus on ‘working with diagrams’ in a way that goes beyond semiotic, cognitive, epistemic, or symbolic readings of diagrams. It discusses recent research on diagrams and diagrammatic reasoning across disciplines and approaches diagrams as suspended between imagination and perception—as objects with which work is done and as objects that do work. Contributions to this issue probe diagrams for the work they do in the development of disciplinary theories, investigate their reworking of questions of time and scale, and ask how some diagrams work across fields and disciplines. Other authors shift the perspective to their own work with diagrams, reflecting on the practice and performative nature of diagrammatic reasoning in their respective fields and disciplines.
Reflections on Home Visits and Digital Intimacy
Sarah Pink, Harry Ferguson, and Laura Kelly
's intimate spaces, bodies and sensory, physical and emotional worlds, technologies and non-human companions ( Ferguson 2018 ). The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted these taken-for-granted practices and presented governments, social work leaders, managers and
Relationships between Tourism and Work among Young Canadians in Edinburgh
Working holiday-maker programmes have facilitated a growing cohort of mobile young people who have an ambiguous status as both worker and tourist. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among Canadian working holiday-makers in Scotland, this paper shows how working holiday-makers are situated in an ambiguous, contradictory position as working tourists, and are streamlined towards particular social and professional fields in which work-leisure boundaries are blurred. Although these blurred boundaries seem contradictory, they benefit employers who require an educated yet temporary work-force, while also meeting the desires of working holiday-makers for a lifestyle that is flexible, social, far from the pressures of friends and family, and that puts them in regular contact with other young foreigners who, like them, are at transitional points in life.
Impact pathways and the sustainability ethic as moral compass
Sustainability professionals believe their work has positive social and environmental impacts in the “real world,” but they recognize that their impactfulness is contingent on a number of other factors, especially the willingness of other, typically more powerful actors to consider their findings and implement their recommendations. In this article, I develop the notion of “impact pathways” to think about the relationship between paths, maps, travelers, terrains, and ethics in the context of what my informants regularly refer to as the sustainability “landscape.” I show how the interpretation of a map and the choice between different possible paths can be partially explained by an actor’s particular ethical framework, in this case something I identify as the sustainability ethic.
Formative Experiences and Identity in Peasant Childhood
’s participation in agrarian work in the daily social construction of contrasting identities. Specifically, I explore the meaning of work for girls as learning that builds their identities as peasants in the contemporary world. Regulatory definitions of children