Neutral Accent: How Language, Labor, and Life Become Global
A. Aneesh is Director of the Institute of World Affairs and Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is the author of Virtual Migration: the Programming of Globalization, also published by Duke University Press.
Epilogue: The Logic of Indifference
This chapter explains why the book has used the language of neutrality, instead of the more common term—alienation—to highlight the problems of global labor and social life. Attempting a non-normative analysis with a nonprescriptive ethic, this chapter points out divergent tracks of global life where independent prescriptions from different spheres preclude any universal, all-inclusive norm for unalienated labor. Defining neutrality as indifference to difference, the chapter is a philosophical meditation on the choreography of biological, social, and psychic life, and its global unraveling.