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Undoing Work, Rethinking Community
A Critique of the Social Function of Work
James A Chamberlain, James A. Chamberlain
This revolutionary book presents a new conception of community and the struggle against capitalism. In Undoing Work, Rethinking Community, James A. Chamberlain argues that paid work and the civic duty to perform it substantially undermines freedom...



Achieving Access
Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism
Joseph Harris
At a time when the world’s wealthiest nations struggle to make health care and medicine available to everyone, why do resource-constrained countries make costly commitments to universal health coverage and AIDS treatment after transitioning to...



Building Power from Below
Chilean Workers Take On Walmart
Carolina Bank Muñoz, Carolina Bank Munoz
A story that involves as its main players "workers" and "Walmart" does not usually have a happy ending for labor, so the counternarrative offered by Building Power from Below is must reading for activists and union personnel as well as scholars. In...



Anthropologies of Unemployment
New Perspectives on Work and Its Absence
Anthropologies of Unemployment offers accessible, theoretically innovative, and ethnographically rich examinations of unemployment in rural and urban regions across North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.



Hard Sell
Work and Resistance in Retail Chains
Peter Ikeler
In Hard Sell, Peter Ikeler traces the low-wage, largely nonunion character of U.S. retail through the history and ultimate failure of twentieth-century retail unionism.



Deadly River
Cholera and Cover-Up in Post-Earthquake Haiti
Ralph R. Frerichs
In Deadly River, Ralph R. Frerichs tells the story of the Haitian cholera epidemic, of a French disease detective determined to trace its origins so that he could help contain the spread and possibly eliminate the disease, and the political intrigue that has made that effort so difficult.



Hoping to Help
The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering
Judith N. Lasker
Hoping to Help is the first book to offer a comprehensive assessment of global health volunteering, based on research into how it currently operates, its benefits and drawbacks, and how it might be organized to contribute most effectively.



Buttoned Up
Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar Masculinity
Erynn Masi de Casanova
In Buttoned Up, based on interviews with dozens of men in three U.S. cities with distinct local dress cultures—New York, San Francisco, and Cincinnati—Erynn Masi de Casanova asks what it means to wear the white collar now.



A World of Work
Imagined Manuals for Real Jobs
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a Parisian street magician? A fish farmer in Norway? A costume designer in Bollywood? This playful and accessible book looks at different types of work around the world.



Roads
An Anthropology of Infrastructure and Expertise
Penny Harvey, Hannah Knox
Sweeping in scope and conceptually ambitious, this book tells a story of infrastructure and of global flows of money, goods, and people.



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