Date: Sun Jun 12 2005 - 13:21:05 EDT
----- Original Message ----- From: "Tamar Diana Wilson" <email@example.com> Subject: My forthcoming book Subsidizing Capitalism Wilson, Tamar Diana. 2005. Subsidizing Capitalism: Brickmakers on the U.S./Mexican Border. Albany: SUNY Press (Anthropology of Work series. Series editor June Nash). In Mexicali, as elsewhere in Mexico,brickmakers may labor at a piece-rate on brickyardsowned or rented-in by others, may rent-in brickyards,may become brickyard owners, and as owners orrenters-in may use unpaid family members and /oremployees to work for them. There is thus a heterogeneous relation to the"means of production" in this informal sector activity. The labor of wives and offspring may aid brickmakers to move from non-owner to ownership status. The economic activities of self-employed brickmakers may be considered counterhegemonic in that they avoid proletarianization in the formal sector.Their production is subsumed by capitalism, however; their labor and the labor of their wives and children subsidizes capitalist enterprise by providing bricks to build tourist hotels, factories, bank and office buildings and shopping malls at a cost below that which would be acceptable for a brick factory run according to profit-making principles and hiringformalized labor. Combining Chayanovian and neo-Marxist approaches, Subsidizing Capitalism: Brickmakers on theU.S./Mexican border discusses the similaritiesbetween peasants and brickmakers, the trajectory frompiece worker to petty commodity producer to petty capitalist, the economic value of women and children'swork as part of the family labor force, and how the neo-patriarchal household is intrinsic to petty commodity production. It also compares the structural position of garbage pickers to brickmakers. An appendix compares the findings of the author withthose of Scott Cook, pioneer in the studies of the Mexican hand-made brick industry. Interspersed throughout the monograph are short stores and poems either giving the brickmakers' point of view, or presenting their lives in a format alternative to academic prose. Twenty-three photographs are included.
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