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positions (2015) 23 (3): 411–435.
Published: 01 August 2015
... working class, the majority of whom are young migrant laborers. The authors claim that in China the state played a significant role in accelerating global capital accumulation. The authors hope to make sense of the way that a state-capital alliance is shaping a new form of labor recruitment and labor use...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 463–486.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Michael Fisch This article explores the discourses and realities surrounding life and labor in contemporary Japan through a keitai (smartphone) game entitled Days of Love and Labor (Ai to rōdō no hibi). While promising players a simulated employment experience in order to reflect on the possibility...
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positions (2023) 31 (2): 257–279.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Paola Iovene iovene@uchicago.edu Copyright 2023 by Duke University Press 2023 This content is made freely available by the publisher. It may not be redistributed or altered. All rights reserved. This special issue originates from the workshop “Cultures of Labor, Inequalities...
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positions (2013) 21 (4): 987–1018.
Published: 01 November 2013
... unspectacularly undertaken in sites that are ethnically and temporally local. Copyright 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 Listening as a Labor of Love: Commerce, Community, and Little Saigon Radio Minh-­Ha T. Pham On Saturday, June 13, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., this is what...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 381–409.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Gabriella Lukacs The departure point for this introduction is the proposition that youth unemployment and underemployment are not social anomalies, but they are the new faces of labor for youth in East Asia. This introductory essay argues that a global crisis in capitalism that began in the early...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 487–513.
Published: 01 August 2015
.../reproductive labor. Second, this essay conceptualizes the net idols' production of cute culture as emotional labor and claims that the digital media economy has effectively expanded the practices through which value is extracted from women's unwaged labor far beyond the domestic sphere. Third, it demonstrates...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 515–543.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Xia Zhang In recent years, China's labor market deregulation and increasing unemployment and underemployment have hit Chinese youth particularly hard. How are Chinese urban youth responding to these new labor conditions? This article argues that they are not only creating new forms of work...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 545–564.
Published: 01 August 2015
... in the 1970s and 1980s Japan's labor market was characterized by life-time employment and generous benefits—producing the seemingly ubiquitous subjectivity of the “salaryman”—today the sociology of labor in Japan seems to be overwhelmed by the precarious labor subjectivities of the freeters and NEETS...
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positions (2016) 24 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 February 2016
... the economic institutions that market the intimacies of affect, care, reproduction, and sex. These industries include surrogacy clinics, bridal photography studios, ecotourism sites, and among others, overseas call centers. The article maps the types of labor that intimate industries create, the types...
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positions (2016) 24 (1): 17–43.
Published: 01 February 2016
... is in contradistinction to the public, the authors join scholarly conversations that trace how relations of intimacy are constructed through processes of labor. This analysis of intimate encounters and affective labor draws upon several years of intensive ethnographic field research in call centers in the southern Indian...
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positions (2016) 24 (1): 45–69.
Published: 01 February 2016
.... They simultaneously raise critical questions about why some intimate and reproductive activities are considered “work” while others are not. These intersections are especially pertinent for understanding the construction of less-valued forms of immaterial labor that have been largely overlooked by Michael Hardt...
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positions (2016) 24 (1): 179–203.
Published: 01 February 2016
... GIs as powerful agents and of migrant club hostesses as trafficked victims, the author highlights their shared conditions of “indentured mobility” as constrained subjects bound by migrant labor contracts in their quest for mobility. Revisiting the persisting power asymmetry between US GIs and migrant...
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positions (1996) 4 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 February 1996
...Ellen Schattschneider Copyright © 1996 by Duke University Press 1996 The labor of Mountains Ellen Schattschneider A Juxtaposition: From Mountain Shrine to Electronic ”Earth Village“ Gathered in a dark corner of the great shinden (Inner Sanctuary) of Akakura...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 689–710.
Published: 01 August 2008
... think, these identities can change and are stratified less by the ethnocentrism in our concepts than our institutional situatedness. Duke University Press 2008 The Postcolonial Alien in Us All: Identity in the Global Division of Intellectual Labor Allen Chun This essay...
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positions (2020) 28 (2): 311–339.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Soo Ryon Yoon This article traces eight performers from Burkina Faso, who in 2014 protested unfair labor practices at the Africa Museum of Original Art in South Korea, where they had been hired to perform. In the process, they demonstrated political and artistic endeavors in live concerts and dance...
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positions (1997) 5 (2): 403–437.
Published: 01 May 1997
...Laura Hyun Yi Kang Copyright © 1997 by Duke University Press 1997 Si(gh)ting Asian/American Women As Transnational labor Laura Hyun Yi Kang Her hands grasping two pairs of tweezers occupy the center of the black- and-white photograph...
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positions (1997) 5 (2): 589–604.
Published: 01 May 1997
...Anuradha G. Advani Copyright © 1997 by Duke University Press 1997 509 The Development of a South Asian American Labor Organization: An Examination of Identity-Based Organizing Anuradha G...
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positions (2023) 31 (1): 41–66.
Published: 01 February 2023
... gives rise to certain fears. Intimate labor evokes unexpected feelings, and anxieties about the boundaries of class, nation, gender. In tabloid articles, message boards, and everyday conversation, employers discuss the problem of witchcraft practiced by FDWs—stories such as the incorporation of bodily...
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positions (2023) 31 (2): 431–450.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Yang Zhan Abstract This article conceptualizes storytelling as epistemic labor that is critical to the everyday meaning-making and future-making of Chinese rural migrants. Compared to stories told by scholars and migrants turned writers and artists, those told by migrants in a quotidian setting...
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positions (2023) 31 (2): 379–402.
Published: 01 May 2023
... their subjectivity? In this article, the labor trajectory of Zuo Mei, a young migrant woman, is traced over six and a half years. The author relates Zuo's experience to what Mario Tronti calls the “social factory,” where the extraction of surplus occurs not just on the factory floor but also through social relations...
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