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Lecture 7

SOSA 3006 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Project Sign, Sweatshop

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Department
Soc & Social Anthropology
Course Code
SOSA 3006
Professor
katieharris
Lecture
7

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Housekeeping
She$will$provide$resource$list$to$help$us$with$the$final$project
Find$what$time/day$works$best$for$me$;probably$first$person$on$second$day?$Or$
second$person$on$second$day
Sign$up$on$Tuesday$;WHAT$IS$THIS$FOR$AGAIN?$THE$PRESENTATION??
Film:/Steel/Lives
Identity,$technology$and$change$affect$how$things$are$done
Ethnography
No$economic$development
England$;Morrison$Ltd$;Non;Unionized,$sweat$shop$workers$essentially$
Highly$skilled$tradesman
Work$is$more$complicated$than$modern$industrialization$thinks$
Process$of$production$and$way$of$life$under$threat
Laughter$gets$you$through$it
Dont$compromise$on$safety$
Workers$complain$of$simplicity$and$boredom$;tedious$tasks$they$can$do$without$
challenges
Too$noisy,$too$dusty
Never$really$get$used$to$it
After$changes$;workplace$atmosphere$is$depressing,$look$to$nature$for$solstace$
Hot$workers$;skilled,$older
Cold$workers$;young,$new$technology,$in$charge$of$output$production$and$under$
pressure$for$bonuses
New$younger$skilled$men$are$idiots$and$do$not$know$how$to$fix$machinery$
Need$to$make$sure$you$aren't$overworked$;tired$means$mistakes$and$produce$lower$
quality$product
Shop$floor$runs$itself$because$everyone$needs$to$work$together$to$make$bonus$
New$vs.$old$has$different$profit$logic
Steal$produced$in$small$melting$shop
Melt$scrap$in$furnace
Unsco$;Union
Extremely$dangerous$work$;proud$to$be$doing$necessary,$if$unsafe$(bravery)$work
Workers$worried$for$their$future$;plant$could$be$closing
Before,$they$were$put$out$of$the$market$because$of$large$corporations$making$
budget$cuts
Unique$because$small,$now$seen$as$the$optimum$mode$of$production
Long$isolation$;break$time$is$beneficial$for$socialization
Problems$with$globalization
Exploitation
Workers$unite$point$of$view$;not$divide,$no$managers/shop$workers$divide
Eventually$closed
Not$machines,$but$extensions$of$their$body$;using$and$customizing$the$
things$they$work$with,$care
Over$time$however$these$skills$are$not$useful$and$they$are$not$given$the$same$
respect,$or$the$same$job$opportunities
New$technology$;do$not$see$this$as$a$career$
You$can$command$respect$with$the$skilled$knowledge
Detachment$and$flexibility$is$happening$more$and$more,$these$attitudes$are$prevalent
Thematic)Discussions
Thursday,$ January$28,$2016
11:35$AM
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