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8 - Labor, Value, Culture

from Part III - Work and Labor in Economic and Anthropological Theory

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 July 2022

David Griffith
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East Carolina University
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Since the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet Bloc, temporary and part-time wage labor, and particularly the use of immigrant and contract labor, have become increasingly common in the lives of workers, the creation of value, and the distribution of wealth. These conditions have facilitated the emergence of multiple economic formations often referred to, in popular media and scholarly writing, as new “economies” such as the gig economy, the informal economy, the sharing economy, and the gift economy. These formations have served as subsidies to prevailing capitalist political economics and alternatives to engaging in wage labor, simultaneously complementing and competing with dominant economic formations. This chapter discusses the dynamic relations that workers of the 21st century have forged among multiple livelihoods and economic formations, considering, in particular, how they derive value from distinct yet complementary formations.

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The Cultural Value of Work
Livelihoods and Migration in the World's Economies
, pp. 173 - 196
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Labor, Value, Culture
  • David Griffith, East Carolina University
  • Book: The Cultural Value of Work
  • Online publication: 14 July 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009109000.013
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  • Labor, Value, Culture
  • David Griffith, East Carolina University
  • Book: The Cultural Value of Work
  • Online publication: 14 July 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009109000.013
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  • Labor, Value, Culture
  • David Griffith, East Carolina University
  • Book: The Cultural Value of Work
  • Online publication: 14 July 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009109000.013
Available formats
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