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Workers and Narratives of Survival in Europe
The Management of Precariousness at the End of the Twentieth Century
Workers and Narratives of Survival in Europe
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Angela Procoli - Editor
SUNY series in the Anthropology of Work
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Hardcover - 232 pages
Release Date: July 2004
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ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6085-6

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

Workers and Narratives of Survival in Europe
explores the growing problem of job uncertainty in Europe at the end of the twentieth century. The management of professional precariousness is reconsidered against the backdrop of far-reaching social, economic, and political changes in Europe in recent decades, including: the instability of the traditional family; the emergence of new forms of parenthood; globalization of the economic sphere; attempts to impose a uniform pattern of culture; and the breakdown of borders with former Communist countries. The contributors utilize extensive field studies in both Western and Central Europe to understand the meaning of professional uncertainty, as perceived by its victims, and the strategies they develop to face it.

“…while most of the people featured in these studies probably could be squeezed into neat analytical categories—e.g. unemployment, inactivity, informal self-employment, etc.—the point here is to find out how they cope with the real-life implications of being in or out of those categories and how they construct identities in relation both to their own experience of work and to (often idealized) notions of work.” — International Labour Review

"This is a fascinating book. Its comparative, historical, and, above all, ethnographic approach raises extremely thorny conceptual questions and argues them out provocatively." — Gavin Smith, author of Confronting the Present: Towards a Politically Engaged Anthropology

"The book's impressive range of European case histories along with their thematic interlocking will be of considerable interest to anyone in the social sciences who includes Europe in their research field." — Robert Paine, editor of Advocacy and Anthropology, First Encounters

Contributors include Michal Buchowski, Sophie Day, Richard-Michael Diedrich, Birgit Muller, Susana Narotzky, Italo Pardo, Angela Procoli, Regina Römhild, and Sandra Wallman.

Angela Procoli is Researcher in Social Anthropology at Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale, Collège de France and the author of Anthropologie d'une Formation au Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Angela Procoli

Part I. Identity and the Experience of Work

1. The Hazards of Overemployment: What Do Chief Executives and Housewives Have in Common?
Sandra Wallman

2. Secret Enterprise: Market Activities among London Sex Workers
Sophie Day

3. The Political Economy of Affects: Community, Friendship, and Family in the Organization of a Spanish Economic Region
Susana Narotzky

Part II. Liminality and the Narrative of Survival

4. Manufacturing the New Man: Professional Training in France—Life Stories and the Reshaping of Identities
Angela Procoli

5. Passages to No-Man’s-Land: Connecting Work, Community, and Masculinity in the South Wales Coalfield
Richard-Michael Diedrich

6. Unemployed and Hard Workers: Entrepreneurial Moralities between "Shadow" and "Sunlight" in Naples
Italo Pardo

Part III. Continuity or Discontinuity with the Past?

7. Productivity and the Person: From Socialist Competition to Capitalist Mission in Eastern Europe
Birgit Müller

8. Redefining Work in a Local Community in Poland: "Transformation" and Class, Culture, and Work
Michal Buchowski

9. Working in the West: Managing Eastern Histories at the German Labor Market—The Case of Russian German Immigrants
Regina Römhild

Contributors

Index



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