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Agency at Work

Ethnographies in/of Late Industrialism


Edited By Monika Baer

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.

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Series index


Modernity in QuestionStudies in Philosophy, Sociology and History of Ideas

Edited by Małgorzata Kowalska

Volume 1

Andrzej Leder: The Changing Guise of Myths. Philosophical Essays. 2013.

Volume 2

Mateusz Salwa: Illusion in Painting. An Attempt at Philosophical Interpretation. Translated by Katarzyna Pisarek. 2013.

Volume 3

Małgorzata Kowalska (éd.): Morales et politiques postmodernes. 2014.

Volume 4

Andrzej Waśkiewicz: Strangers by Choice. An Asocial Philosophy of Life. Translated by Tul´si Bambry and Agnieska Waśkiewicz. 2015.

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