Available for Review in Anthropology of Work Review (12/05)


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Annarella, Lorie A. Portraits of Industry: The Culture of Work in the Industrial Paintings of Howard L. Worner and Their Use in Arts Education. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2004.

Baker-Cristales, Beth. Salvadoran Migrants to Southern California: Redefining El Hermano Lejano. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004.

Bearman, Peter. Doormen. University of Chicago, 2005.

Blim, Michael. Equality and Economy: The Global Challenge. Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.

Bookman, Ann. Starting in Our Own Backyards: How Working Families Can Build Community and Survive the New Economy. Oxford: Routledge, 2004.

Bossen, Laurel. Chinese Women and Rural Development: Sixty Years of Change in Lu Village, Yunnan. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.

Brennan, Denise. What’s Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.

Buechler, Hans C., and Judith-Maria Buechler. Contesting Agriculture: Cooperation and Privatization in the New Eastern Germany. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.

Chari, Sharad. Fraternal Capital: Peasant-Workers, Self-Made Men, and Globalization in Provincial India. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004.

Charles, Maria, and David B. Grusky. Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004.

Chibnik, Michael. Crafting Tradition: The Making of Oaxacan Wood Carvings. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.

Chinea, Jorge Luis. Race and Labor in the Hispanic Caribbean: The West Indian Immigrant Worker Experience in Nineteenth-Century Puerto Rico, 1800-1850. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2005.

Clark, Paul F., John T. Delaney, and Ann C. Frost, eds. Collective Bargaining in the Private Sector. Champaign, IL: Industrial Relations Research Association, 2002.

Clawson, Dan. The Next Upsurge: Labor and the New Social Movements. Ithaca, NY: ILR and Cornell University Press, 2003.

Compa, Lance. Unfair Advantage: Workers’ Freedom of Association in the United States Under International Human Rights Standards. Ithaca, NY: ILR and Cornell University Press, 2004.

Cutler, Jonathan. Labor’s Time: Shorter Hours, the UAW, and the Struggle for American Unionism. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004.

Doukas, Dimitra. Worked Over: The Corporate Sabotage of an American Community. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Earley, P. Christopher, and Soon Ang. Cultural Intelligence: Individual Interactions Across Cultures. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Feuchtwang, Stephan, ed. Making Place: State Projects, Globalisation and Local Responses in China. London, UK: University College London Press, 2004.

Ferry, Elizabeth Emma. Not Ours Alone: Patrimony, Vale, and Collectivity in Contemporary Mexico. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.

Fine, Lisa M. The Story of Reo Joe: Work, Kin, and Community in Autotown, U.S.A. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004.

Frank, Zephyr L. Dutra’s World: Wealth and Family in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2004.

Ghee, Chew Siew. Transition from School to Work: Individual Life Courses Within Social Structures [in Malaysia]. Contemporary Issues in Education Series. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish International, 2005. 

Ghodsee, Kristen. The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism, and Postsocialism on the Black Sea. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005.

Gunn, Christopher. Third-Sector Development: Making Up for the Market. Ithaca, NY: ILR and Cornell University Press, 2004.

Heinz, John P., Robert L. Nelson, Rebecca L. Sandefur, and Edward O. Laumann. Urban Lawyers: The New Social Structure of the Bar. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Hoerig, Karl A. Under the Palace Portal: Native American Artists in Santa Fe. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.

Johnston, Rob. Analytic Culture in the U.S. Intelligence Industry: An Ethnographic Study. Washington, D.C.: Center for the Study of Intelligence, 2005.

Kincheloe, Joe L. The Sign of the Burger: McDonald’s and the Culture of Power. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.

Kochan, Thomas A., and David B. Lipsky. Negotiations and Change: From the Workplace to Society. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Koenker, Diane P. Republic of Labor: Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918-1930. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005.

Kramer, Karen L. Maya Children: Helpers at the Farm. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, 2005.

Lopez, Steven Henry. Reorganizing the Rust Belt: An Inside Study of the American Labor Movement. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

Marquardt, William H., and Patty Jo Watson. Archaeology of the Middle Green River Region, Kentucky. Monograph 5 of the Institute of Archaeology and Paleoenvironmental Studies, Florida Museum of Natural History. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2005.

Mattiace, Shannan L. To See with Two Eyes: Peasant Activism and Indian Autonomy in Chiapas, Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.

Medina, Laurie Kroshus. Negotiating Economic Development: Identity Formation and Collective Action in Belize. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004.

Milkman, Ruth, and Kim Voss, eds. Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement. Ithaca, NY: ILR and Cornell University Press, 2004.

Moen, Phyllis, and Patricia Roehling. The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.

Moen, Phyllis, ed. It’s About Time: Couples and Careers. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Nicholson, Philip Yale. Labor’s Story in the United States. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004.

Palladino, Grace. Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits: A Century of Building Trades History. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005.

Pratt, Jeff. Class, Nation and Identity: The Anthropology of Political Movements. London, UK, and Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 2003.

Ranney, David. Global Decisions, Local Collisions: Urban Life in the New World Order. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003.

Salamon, Sonya. Newcomers to Old Towns: Suburbanization of the Heartland. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Shield, Renée Rose. Diamond Stories: Enduring Change on 47th Street. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2002.

Simon, Scott. Tanners of Taiwan: Life Strategies and National Culture. Cambridge, MA: Westview Press, 2005.

Smart, Alan, and Josephine Smart. Petty Capitalists and Globalization: Flexibility, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development. Albany: SUNY Press, 2005.

Sterett, Susan M. Public Pensions: Gender and Civic Service in the States, 1850-1937. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Whittaker, John C. American Flintknappers: Stone Age Art in the Age of Computers. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004.

Zaniello, Tom.  Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor. ILR and Cornell University Press, 2003.


Films: Fuller descriptions of these and other films can be found on distributors’ web sites.


Age No Problem

Filmakers Library, Inc., 2004 (www.filmakers.com)

Vita Needle, a company based in Needham, Massachusetts, has a remarkable and very successful employment policy: it only hires elderly staff members. The average age of its staff of thirty-five is 73 and the company has no fixed retirement age. The unique people in the film talk about the joy of learning new things, about solidarity, and their ability to give meaning to the last phase of life. President Fred Hartman says "they can continue to work here as long as they can walk the stairs. Older people are flexible, they like to work part-time and are very motivated." Most work twenty to twenty-five hours per week and schedule their work week themselves. No one has ever been fired and all employees share in the profits. Rosa, 89 years old, wets needles, places them on holders and packages them. She does not work for the money but to keep herself occupied. Joe, in his seventies, started a consultancy firm after his retirement, but ran into such fierce competition that he prefers to be an employee. Executive secretary Mary, 79 years old, arrives at 4:30 am every day to open the office. This heart-warming film affirms the potential of older adults to continue to be productive.


Betelnut Bisnis

New Day Films, 2004 (www.newday.com)

This film follows the fortunes of one family, Lukus Kalma and his wife Kopu, as told by their neighbor, Chris Owen, an Australian expatriate and documentary filmmaker. Lukus owns no land and lives on a small plot with soil too poor to grow food. He works part-time as a watchman and laborer but cannot make ends meet. He embarks upon a business venture of buying betelnuts from growers on the coast and reselling them at home. In following his trials and tribulation to make a success of his business, the film presents an insider¹s look at the day-to-day life in Papua New Guinea whose people have few material possessions but face each day with dignity and determination.


Busy Forever: The Golden Years in Japan

Filmakers Library, Inc., 2005 (www.filmakers.com)

Recent demographic studies show that the aging of the Japanese is occurring at a much faster rate than anticipated. By the year 2025 there will be only two working people for every retired person, and within the next fifty years, one out of every three Japanese will be over 65. The particular Japanese response to this phenomenon is to stay in the workforce long after the normal retirement age. Busy Forever shows us some of these older people in their seventies and eighties. Dr. Ayakaoua, a geriatric physician , expects to continue his practice until aged 80. There is Mrs. Tanaka, the smiling 83-year-old vegetable seller; Mrs. Ishimi 75, an active fishmonger; Mr. Sakai an 80-year old taxi driver; and Mr. Chow who is passionate for karate yet still finds time to work as an engineer. There are even employment agencies specialize in finding work for older Japanese who are determined to remain busy forever.


A Day’s Work, A Day’s Pay

New Day Films, 2002 (www.newday.com)

A Day’s Work, A Day’s Pay follows three welfare recipients in New York City from 1997 to 2000 as they participate in the largest welfare-to-work program in the nation. When forced to work at city jobs for well below the prevailing wage and deprived of the chance to go to school, these individuals decide to fight back, demanding programs that will actually help them move off of welfare and into jobs.


The Hospice

Bullfrog Films, 2004 (www.bullfrogfilms.com)

The Mother of Mercy Hospice on the edge of the capital, Lusaka, was the first of its kind in Zambia. "Our idea was just to build a simple shelter so people can die with dignity," says Sister Leonia. 200 people a day in Zambia die from HIV/AIDS. Because controlling HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest challenges world health experts face, all the member countries of the United Nations have pledged to "reverse" the spread of the disease as one of the UN's Millennium Development Goals - a global ambition the international community hopes to achieve by 2015. This Life film follows the work of the staff and volunteers at the Mother of Mercy hospice and in the surrounding villages. The courage of patients, the resilience and despair of the staff and the dignity of how they all deal with the almost daily ritual of death combine to give a poignant account of the human face of AIDS in modern Africa.


Rosevelt's America

Public Policy Productions, 2005 (www.pppdocs.com)

After being tortured and narrowly escaping execution in Liberia, Rosevelt Henderson makes his way to America to build a new life for his family. Rosevelt's America is a cinema verite profile of the struggles of a Liberian refugee to build a new life in America. After being tortured and narrowly escaping execution during Liberia’s civil war, Rosevelt Henderson makes his way to America with three of his children but is forced to leave his pregnant wife behind.  He works as a janitor, airport van driver, and assembly line worker in order to support his family and help his wife flee their war-torn country.  After two year of juggling low-wage jobs, Rosevelt’s perseverance pays off and he is reunited with his wife, Frances, and his baby daughter. Once Frances is able to begin working as a nurse’s aid, their combined incomes are able to lift the family out of poverty. Ultimately Rosevelt's America becomes an inspiring story of quiet determination and dignity under duress.


The Trade Trap

Bullfrog Films, 2003 (www.bullfrogfilms.com)
Augustine Adongo is the chief executive of the Federation of Associations of Ghanaian Exporters. His job is to help Ghana's manufacturers, particularly the 70 percent of the population involved in agriculture, gain a bigger share of the international trade market. But “non-tariff” barriers conceived and imposed by the European Union have made that task a difficult one. The globalization lobby insists that trade is now the best way for impoverished countries to work their way out of poverty: they must open their markets to imported goods, deregulate, ensure openness to foreign entities and practice good “governance.” Anti-globalization advocates oppose this viewpoint, arguing that trade is simply not working for the poorest of the poor. They say that the rules of trade are rigged in favor of the developed world by subsidies, regulations and penalties intended to marginalize exports from countries like Ghana. The Trade Trap follows Adongo as he visits farmers and business owners across his country, exploring both sides of the globalization issue along the way.


Up in Smoke

Bullfrog Films, 2002 (www.bullfrogfilms.com)

In the southern African country of Malawi tobacco is the major export crop, responsible for 70 percent of all export earnings. Agriculture is the mainstay of Malawi's economy, accounting for over 90 percent of GDP. Out of a total population of 11 million, the majority of Malawians are farmers, and seven million owe their livelihoods to the tobacco industry. But economic dependency on tobacco has not brought the country wealth. According to the World Bank, over 60 percent of Malawians live below the poverty line, with limited access to land, little education, and poor health. Despite the diminished returns from tobacco growing, the government has actually increased the land under cultivation. Malawians are now questioning if the wealth promised from growing tobacco is really an illusion.


Waging A Living: Working Overtime in Pursuit of the Elusive American Dream

Public Policy Productions, 2005 (www.pppdocs.com)

If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans - one in four workers - are stuck in low wage jobs that do not provide the basics for a decent life.  Waging A Living chronicles the battle of four low-wage workers to lift their families out of poverty.  Shot over a three-year period in the northeast and California, this observational documentary captures the dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments of a diverse group of workers who struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck.  By presenting an unvarnished look at the barriers that these workers must overcome to escape poverty, Waging A Living offers a sobering view of the elusive American Dream.


Zulu Love Affairs

Filmakers Library, 2002 (www.filmakers.com)

Set in the verdant hills of Kwa-Zulu Natal, this is an intimate and spontaneous depiction of the lives of women left behind while their husbands, migrant laborers, work in the mines far away. By turns sad, touching or amusing, this film bears eloquent testimony to the ravages of an economic system which tears families apart to feed South Africa's insatiable mines.