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Proletarian lives, routines, identity, and culture in contentious politics, Marcos E. Pérez.

Summary
Based on multi-year ethnographic fieldwork on the Unemployed Workers' Movement in Argentina (also known as the piqueteros), Proletarian Lives provides a case study of how workers affected by job loss protect their traditional forms of life by engaging in progressive grassroots mobilization. Using life-history interviews and participant observation, the book analyzes why some activists develop a strong attachment to the movement despite initial reluctance and frequent ideological differences. Marcos Pérez argues that a key appeal of participation is the opportunity to engage in age and gender-specific practices associated with a respectable blue-collar lifestyle threatened by long-term socioeconomic decline. Through their daily involvement in the movement, older participants reconstruct the routines they associate with a golden past in which factory jobs were plentiful, younger activists develop the kind of habits they were raised to see as valuable, and all members protect communal activities undermined by the expansion of poverty and violence
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half-title page -- Series page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction -- 2 "I Became a Bum": Economic Reforms and Everyday Life in Argentina -- 3 "The Struggle Is on the Streets": Democracy, Neoliberalism, and Piquetero Mobilization -- 4 "I Know What It Means to Follow a Schedule": Reconstruction of Past Routines -- 5 "If It Rains or Hails, You Still Have to Show Up for Work": Development of New Habits -- 6 "We Drink Mate, Eat a Good Stew, Talk … and That Way Time Flies": Protection of Communal Activities -- 7 "A Small Thing to Get By": Potential, Voluntary, and Reluctant Dropouts -- 8 Conclusion -- Appendix A An Ethnography of a Poor People's Movement in the Global South -- Appendix B List of Recorded Interviewees -- References -- Index
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 30 Mar 2022)
Physical Description
1 online resource (xii, 245 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9781009035262

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