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Cultural Value of Work

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 July 2022

David Griffith
Affiliation:
East Carolina University
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After profiling a disabled woman who lives by her wits and a meeting of potential guest workers in Jamaica who were subjected to the humiliations of labor recruiters, I raise the central questions that guide the narrative. Why does conventional economics ignore so many forms of labor? What roles do reproductive, domestic productive, cultural, and other forms of labor play in economies? How do they provide theoretical clues to understanding the world's many economies? The chapter ends with a brief history of the preoccupation among early states and employers with labor control, which has been at the heart of today's guest worker programs.

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The Cultural Value of Work
Livelihoods and Migration in the World's Economies
, pp. 1 - 20
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Introduction
  • David Griffith, East Carolina University
  • Book: The Cultural Value of Work
  • Online publication: 14 July 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009109000.002
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  • Introduction
  • David Griffith, East Carolina University
  • Book: The Cultural Value of Work
  • Online publication: 14 July 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009109000.002
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  • Introduction
  • David Griffith, East Carolina University
  • Book: The Cultural Value of Work
  • Online publication: 14 July 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009109000.002
Available formats
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