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Agency at Work

Ethnographies in/of Late Industrialism

by Monika Baer (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 164 Pages

Summary

Rooted in anthropological and ethnological traditions, this volume offers analytical insights into the workings of agency in late industrialism revealed in interactions between a coal power plant and a local community in Opole Silesia, in southwestern Poland. In this context, the authors show by the use of the ethnographic method, how variables and forces of various scales shape political events centered around the power plant; grassroots economic dynamics and entrepreneurship; the local semiosphere uniting the divided social group; affective dimensions of a social protest; (un)doing gender in the industrial workplace; and the mobile livelihoods of migrant industrial workers. By doing so, they concretize in different ways both the concept of late modernity and agency.

Details

Pages
164
ISBN (PDF)
9783631856307
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631858387
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631858394
ISBN (Book)
9783631846094
Language
English
Publication date
2021 (July)
Tags
Industrial investment Local community Economic transformations Ethnic divisions Social protest Mobile livelihoods
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2021. 164 pp.

Biographical notes

Monika Baer (Volume editor)

Monika Baer teaches social and cultural anthropology at the University of Wroclaw. Her main research areas comprise postsocialist transitions and Europeanization processes in Central/Eastern Europe with a special attention given to gender/sexuality, activism, and political engagement of social sciences and humanities.

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