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Anthropological Approaches to Labor in a Neoliberal World E d i t e d b y E. Paul Durrenberger U n i v e r s i t y P r e s s o f C o l o r a d o Boulder © 2017 by University Press of Colorado Published by University Press of Colorado 5589 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 206C Boulder, Colorado 80303 All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America The University Press of Colorado is a proud member of Association of American University Presses. The University Press of Colorado is a cooperative publishing enterprise supported, in part, by Adams State University, Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Regis University, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, Utah State University, and Western State Colorado University. ∞ This paper meets the requirements of the ANSI/NISO Z39.48–1992 (Permanence of Paper). ISBN: 978-1-60732-630-4 (cloth) ISBN: 978-1-60732-665-6 (paperback) ISBN: 978-1-60732-631-1 (ebook) Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Durrenberger, E. Paul, 1943– editor. Title: Uncertain times : anthropological approaches to labor in a neoliberal world / edited by E. Paul Durrenberger. Description: Boulder : University Press of Colorado, [2017] | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017001721| ISBN 9781607326304 (cloth) | ISBN 9781607326656 (pbk) | ISBN 9781607326311 (ebook) Subjects: LCSH: Business anthropology. | Organizational behavior. | Labor unions. | Labor unions—Organizing. | Neoliberalism. Classification: LCC GN450.8 .U52 2017 | DDC 302.3/5—dc23 LC record available at Front-cover photograph © Laurin Rinder/Shutterstock. “The dreamer whose dreams are non-utilitarian has no place in this world. Whatever does not lend itself to being bought and sold, whether in the realm of things, ideas, principles, dreams or hopes, is debarred. In this world the poet is anathema, the thinker a fool, the artist an escapist, the man of vision a criminal.” —Henry Miller, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945) “Capitalism, imperialism, individualism, were more abhorrent than cannibalism, but had the same inner character. They differed from cannibalism in being more universal and more difficult to correct.” —Vincent Sheean, Personal History: Youth and Revolution (1934) “Who, then, commands this mighty mechanism of government on which our lives increasingly depend? . . . If the common people can control it, they can use it to attack questions like food, shelter, clothing. If the lords of money control it, then we are slaves. . . . That, I suppose, is what fascism means. “Leaders and organizations die. Forms of governments flourish and fade. Through them the people move forward in battle. The people are not passive, not stupid, inattentive. The people are eternal in their struggle for life.” —Anna Louise Strong, My Native Land (1940) ...


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