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The world of work today is changing at a rate that produces both anxiety and optimism. In the US it is commonly reported that the average American will change not only jobs but careers 7 times in their lifetime. While labor market figures are in flux, there is no question about the general trends: the landscape of work is changing. A key aspect of these transformations is the nature of the global economy today, the degree to which our society is intricately embedded within global networks of capital, labor, and new electronic modes of communication.
Globalization is a term used to describe everything from the world-wide spread of American fast food and eating disorders, to the outsourcing of factory work and service jobs from the US to Mexico, China, and India. Circuits of globalization move in all directions, and the effects are felt in all areas of life, from the public realms of work and citizenship to the most private dimensions of our personal lives. Every day our news media remind us of the inter-connectedness of the globe, whether in the form of popular music, the Olympics, the economic recession, the spread of infectious disease, debates about immigration, etc.
In this seminar we will examine some of the “labors of globalization”--the work and lives of ordinary people whose labor can be seen as anchoring the very systems of globalization itself. Labor offers a critical lens on contemporary globalization, as we will study not only how commodities and services are produced along a global assembly line, but how certain corporate and state prescriptions for ideal global workers actively shape and discipline peoples bodies and senses of “self” as actors on a global stage. We will explore the many different forms of labor behind global production and the gender and class dimensions of these interconnected processes: physical, emotional, aesthetic, “blue collar” “white collar” and “pink collar,” paid as well as unpaid. Texts will include ethnographic case studies and films focusing on factory production, customer service operators, migration, tourism, consumption, sex-work and care-work.
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