PE30
Dialectical Anthropology Panel B: producing labour and the earth

Convenors:
Kathy Powell (NUI Galway)
Discussant:
Kathy Powell
Location:
University Place 6.212
Start time:
9 August, 2013 at 16:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel considers the material conditions of the production of labor in the context of the dereliction and retrenchment of market capitalism, raising questions about threats to social reproduction, limits to exploitation and the oppression of the wage imperative in the production of human life.

Long abstract:

This panel examines the status and future prospects of the sociocultural meanings and material conditions of labour and of working lives in a context of chronic global underemployment, in which the relation between wages and the cost of the social reproduction of labour is increasingly meaningless, while at the same time working populations are coercively subjected to the extraction of tribute to sustain accumulation within financial regimes. As the integrity of labor, livelihoods and social reproduction is to an increasing extent threatened, venerable questions about the self evident logic of accumulation and the limits to exploitation can be usefully revisited, and questions about the overbearing imperatives of wage earning in the production of human life(times) can be usefully reintroduced.